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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: https://mde.maryland.gov/programs/water/waterconservation/Documents/www.mde.state.md.us/assets/document/water_cons/watercons_fs.pdf.
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:https://www.poolesvillemd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/674/Water-Conservation-Tips?bidId=