The Susquehanna River Basin Commission offers the following tips on how to conserve water year round, and especially during drought conditions.

Residential Users

  • DO NOT water lawns. Only water recently seeded or planted landscapes or year-old vegetation.
  • Limit vehicle-washing activities. If you must wash a vehicle, use a bucket instead of a hose and go to car washes that re-use the water.
  • Take short showers instead of baths. Collect water in a bucket while waiting for the shower to warm up. Consider bathing children together.
  • Don’t run water while shaving, brushing teeth or washing dishes by hand.
  • Run dishwasher and washing machines only when filled to capacity.
  • Inspect and repair all leaking faucets, pipes, hoses and toilets.
  • Install new shower heads and sink faucets equipped with water-saving devices, such as aerators or spray taps, or retrofit existing showers and faucets with these devices.
  • Replace older toilets that use more water with new, low-consumption toilets. For older toilets requiring five to six gallons per flush, place a water-filled bottle inside the toilet’s tank to use less water.
  • Refrigerate tap water to avoid running the faucet for a long period to get cold water.
  • Sweep sidewalks and driveways — don’t hose them down.
  • Select more drought-tolerant vegetation and plant species for landscaping, and use mulches to retain moisture.
  • Direct downspouts or gutters toward shrubbery or trees, and/or collect the water in a large bucket for use elsewhere (non-potable water).
  • Cover pools and spas when they are unoccupied to reduce evaporation.

Golf Courses & Agricultural Operations Using Irrigation Systems

  • Reduce the level of irrigation and/or alter the time pattern to the coolest parts of the day when it is not windy to reduce water loss through evaporation.
  • Inspect irrigation equipment for leaks and repair all faulty piping.
  • Install best available water conservation technology.

Industrial/Commercial Facilities

  • Inspect plumbing fixtures for leaks and repair all faulty piping.
  • Install water-conserving devices, and update outdated plumbing fixtures.
  • Implement a water reuse program if one is not already not in use.