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Strategies to prepare for drought
by Mary Jane Martin
Jan 04, 2013 | 901 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
By Mary Jane Martin

Goliad Emergency Management

Did you know that one drop of water per second from a dripping faucet wastes 2,700 gallons of water per year?

Nearly every part of our country experiences periods of reduced rainfall. South Texas can certainly relate to drought and drought related emergencies. By planning for drought, we can enjoy the benefits of rain when it does come.

Strategies for drought preparedness actually focus on water conservation. We can make these practices a part of our everyday life.

Never pour water down the drain if there might be another use for it. Why not use it to water your plants or even your garden.

Repair that dripping faucet so you aren’t wasting gallons and gallons of water. Have all plumbing leaks repaired. Insulate your pipes to prevent them from breaking. Choose appliances that are more energy and water efficient.

Consider purchasing a low-volume toilet that uses less water. Place a one-gallon plastic jug of water in the tank. This will displace toilet flow. It is not a good idea to use a brick as it may dissolve and cause damage to parts of the toilet. When placing a jug in a toilet be sure it does not interfere with the operating parts of the toilet.

Low-flow versions of showerheads are available.

Next week we will discuss things to do outdoors to help conserve water.
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