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Posted on: September 21, 2023

[ARCHIVED] MDE Official Drought Warning

Water Convservation

On September 20th, The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) officially declared a drought warning for central Maryland, including Montgomery County. MDE Encourages all Maryland residents to voluntarily reduce their water use by 10% to 15 %. Below are some tips to reduce your water usage. See the MDE Water Conservation Fact Sheet (linked below) for a complete list of suggestions:

In the Kitchen

  • Run the dishwasher only when complete.

  • Defrost food in the refrigerator instead of using running water: A running faucet uses about a gallon of water per minute.

  • Use a dishpan or plug the sink when hand-washing dishes.

  • Don’t pre-rinse dishes before loading them into the dishwasher.

  • Keep a container of water in the refrigerator rather than waiting for cold water from a faucet.

In the Bathroom

  • Test all toilets regularly for leaks: A leaking toilet could waste up to 100 gal/day.

  • Do not use the toilet as a wastebasket.

  • Take shorter showers

  • Turn off the water when shaving or brushing your teeth.

In the Laundry

  • Run full loads of laundry instead of many small loads

In addition to these tips, the Town has additional water conservation tips here:

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