Fresh drinking water is not infinitely abundant so conserving this valuable resource is vital, the legislators said. Water conservation and efficiency can help to reduce demand on water supplies which will lower costs. Water conservation requires changing old habits and re-thinking the way we use water.
“Our water supply is as important to us as the air that we breathe,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney. “A few small changes in a household’s water consumption can save hundreds of gallons of water every month and reduce household expenses.”
“It may be wise to contact your municipality regarding water usage,” stated Assemblyman Burzichelli. “During certain times of the year, there may be some restrictions in place regarding lawn watering, washing cars, or letting children run through the sprinkler.”
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection cites New Jersey as a "water-rich" state because of its plentiful average rainfall; however, our population density of New Jersey can add strain to the water supply. Using water efficiently protects out environment and helps the state's residents.
“Involving children in the water conservation process is a great teaching moment. It can be a life lesson they will use as they grow older,” added Assemblywoman Riley.
Helpful tips for water conservation:
§ Install high-efficiency appliances where possible. They will use less water and require less energy to run.
§ Check your water meter for changes when water is not being consumed. If the meter reading changes, you may have a leak.
§ Take shorter showers and run the clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are fully loaded.
§ Check faucets for leaks indoors and out.
§ Water your lawn and garden only when necessary if there isn’t enough adequate rainfall. Water lawns and gardens in the morning or late in the evening to maximize the amount of water which reaches the plant roots.
§ Do not let the water constantly run from the faucet when brushing teeth, shaving or washing dishes.
For more information on water conservation, please go to http://www.aquawatersmart.com/ and http://www.nj.gov/dep/watersupply/conserve.htm