Water Conservation

By: Kelly Creswell Email
By: Kelly Creswell Email

Despite receiving more than two inches of rain in the Valley last week, it still wasn't nearly enough to off-set the drought.

Governor Tim Kaine is urging residents to voluntarily conserve water. But there are small things residents can do do help on their own.

The next time you're brushing your teeth, make sure to turn off the water because the average water flow is about five gallons a minute. So every minute you don't use it, you help the environment.

On average, the city of Harrisonburg goes through about six million gallons of water a day. Although the drought has to be pretty severe for residents who are conserving water to actually make a difference, the director od public utilities, Mike Collins, says voluntary cutting back is the first step.

Especially by doing small things, like shortening your shower, you can help save about 40,000 gallons of water a day.

"We could probably get 100,000 gallons a day in reduced usage, and if extreme majors were practiced we'd probably push a half a million but it would be pretty substantial majors beyond just voluntary," says Collins.

As of now, the water supply has not been an issue in Staunton or Harrisonburg.


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