Effective today, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security has placed the entire state of Indiana under a Water Shortage Warning. Residents are being asked to conserve even more water as our drought worsens. Although some thunderstorms are in the forecast, the widespread rains needed to dent or bust the drought are not in our future. Forecasters are saying the long term outlooks do not show any significant improvement in this drought until fall. It has already been labeled as historic, reaching conditions similar to those in the Dust Bowl days of the 1930's.
We can all do our part to help conserve water starting today. The following are some conservation tips to help you make a difference!
Carefully conserving water lessens the damaging effects of droughts. Droughts can decrease food production, raise food prices, increase fire hazards, as well as worsen soil erosion and insect infestation. Droughts are a normal part of climate cycles so they can be somewhat anticipated and planned for. Therefore it is possible, as well as crucial, to conserve water now to minimize the effects of drought later.
Water conservation needs to be a higher priority for Americans. People in the United States use more water per person than citizens of any other country. According to the US Geological Society, Americans use water at a pace of 1,383 gallons per day. As of 2008, at least 36 states expected to have a water shortage within the next five years, according to estimates from the US government. Why? Increasing sprawl and population growth, rising temperatures and droughts, and inefficient water use. Of the world’s total water supply, 97.5 percent is salt water, and less than 0.5 percent is usable unpolluted clean water. Many major rivers around the world, including the Colorado, Ganges, Rio Grande, and Yellow, are running dry part of the year.
Highest volume water uses inside the home include:
It's so simple to conserve water and dramatically help the environment... and your checkbook. Remembering to conserve water throughout your daily routine will eventually turn into such an ingrained habit that you won't even have to think about it.
You can start water conservation in your home today. Here are some tips to save water:
SOURCE: Evansville-Newburgh Indiana Weather