News Release 269

Department of Natural Resources offers water conservation tips to celebrate drinking water week

Volume 38-269 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAY 3, 2010—In recognition of Drinking Water Week, May 2 – 8, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is offering some tips to help consumers conserve water.

Conserving water saves consumers money and helps ensure the sustainability of public water supplies.

Ten Conservation Tips

  1. Take short showers and draw less water for baths.
  2. Turn off the water while brushing teeth and shaving.
  3. Keep cold drinking water in the refrigerator rather that running the tap.
  4. Compost food scraps rather than using a garbage disposal in your sink.
  5. Check your toilet for leaks by placing a little food coloring in the tank and seeing if it leaks into the bowl.
  6. Water lawns in the evening or early morning to minimize evaporation.
  7. Position sprinklers so water lands on lawn, not on paved areas.
  8. Use a broom to clean sidewalks and driveways, not a hose.
  9. Wash your car less often.
  10. Cut grass at least 3 inches high to shade the roots, making it more drought-tolerant.

According to the American Water Works Association, daily indoor per capita water use in the typical single family home is 69.3 gallons.  Households can reduce this water use by about 35 percent to 45.2 gallons per day by employing conservation and water efficiency measures.

 Drinking Water Week is a national campaign to recognize the importance of safe, public drinking water and the professionals who provide this vital resource.

For more information on Drinking Water Week, call the department's Public Drinking Water Branch at 800-361-4827 or 573-526-1825.