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Drought Watch Declared for Region

by ARLnow.com September 9, 2010 at 10:59 am 1,341 15 Comments

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments has declared a drought watch for the region. Residents and businesses are being asked to help conserve water.

Ways you can help:

  • Limiting the watering of lawns, plants and shrubs
  • Using a broom instead of a hose to clean sidewalks and driveways
  • Using a commercial car wash that recycles water
  • Repairing leaking toilets and faucets
  • Reducing shower length to under 5 minutes
  • Turning off water while brushing your teeth
  • Washing full loads in dish and clothes washers

The forecast shows lots of sun over the next week. Only one day has even a possibility of rain.

  • lily

    I’d love to reduce my shower time to under 5 minutes. Too bad the EPA-mandated low-flow showerhead in my bathroom takes 20 minutes to rinse the shampoo out of my hair 🙁

    • Sunny617

      When the time comes to replace the showerhead, look for WaterSense certification…that will ensure it’s both low-flow AND performs well.

      • TGEoA

        Yeah right. The first thing I do when moving into a new place is remove the flow restrictors.

      • lily

        I’ll check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • 20 minutes, huh?

      I think your issues are more complex than mere low-flow showerheads.

    • Yah gotta say, have used low flow long before they were required. I have some great shower heads that give nice hot showers and there is no prob rinsing. U need a better shower head – or different shampoop

  • Jason DL

    EPA doesn’t “mandate” flow rates. You make it sound so big brother-ish. There are plenty of shower heads out there that work, both low flow and regular flow.

    Go to home depot and get a wrench and shower head. Or just pull the flow restrictor out.

    • lily

      The federal government most certainly does “mandate” flow rates. From energysavers.gov:
      “Federal regulations mandate that new showerhead flow rates can’t exceed more than 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm) at a water pressure of 80 pounds per square inch (psi).”

  • Jason DL

    I think the county does rain barrel sales too. I just saw this posting: http://www.facebook.com/#!/ArlingtonAIRE

  • No Rain

    Rain barrels are great when there is enough rain to fill them up…

  • Jason DL

    No Rain, No Rain… go away. Thanks buzz kill. If you get multiple rain barrels you can put them together for great capacity/storage. Ba-hum-bug NoRain.

    • Greg

      He’s right though. My rain barrel is just about empty. It’s a great thing to have as long as we get a little rain at least once a week.

  • tuesdayschild

    Group showers! Or we could shower at the Splash Parks! Hmm. they may be closed now for the season.

    • No no. Those people who could just go to Upton Regional Park or to Cameron Run Regional Park need their free water parks!

  • What confuses me about this is Arlington gets its water from the Potomac. The Council’s notice clearly states “there currently is an adequate supply of water in the Potomac River”. Conservation wont put any more water in the Potomac.

    Conservation is relevant to regions that get water from reservoirs. Arlington has regularly been able to bypass drought probs because the water supply is so reliable. I am not sure this warning is relevant to Arlington????

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