Why Should We Conserve Water?

As we look to the year 2050 and beyond, there is one resource that we know will be in short-supply, especially if we continue to use it like we do today – and that resource is WATER.

The river systems in North Georgia and Atlanta will soon be depleted by the demand placed on them by the rapidly developing Atlanta and North Georgia region.

The Chattahoochee itself is a limited resource and the ability to pump sea water to Atlanta is decades away.

Log onto Conserve Water Georgia for more information from the State of Georgia on water conservation.

Easy ways to conserve water

Replace your showerhead – try an Earth Massage 1.75 GPM Showerhead. Available from the City of Cumming along with a 1.5 GPM Dual Setting Touch Flow Kitchen Aerator with Swivel, a 1.0 GPM Bathroom Sink Aerator, Leak Detection Tablets, An Adjustable Commode Flapper, and a Flow Meter Bag for $9.00.

Just come by City Hall and ask for a Water Conservation Retro-fit kit!

Replace your older toilet – If your home was built before 1993 and currently has a toilet that uses more than 1.6 gallons-per-flush, call Cumming Utilities for more information at (770) 781-2020.

A new 1.6 gpf toilet may qualify you for a $50 refund and a WaterSense ultra high-efficiency toilet may qualify you for a $100 refund from the City!

For more information, see the Niagara Water Conservation Web Site

Helpful Online Resources

Water Conservation Links:

http://www.caes.uga.edu/topics/disasters/drought/restrictions/quota.html

Latest state drought report:

http://georgiafaces.caes.uga.edu/storypage.cfm?storyid=3123

Latest UGA compilation of drought information:

http://www.caes.uga.edu/topics/disasters/drought/

List of related articles:

http://www.caes.uga.edu/topics/disasters/drought/home/index.html

Specific UGA bulletins on water-saving measures:

Coping with Water Restrictions in the Landscape

Recent articles on UGA research into water-saving in specific industries:

Commercial car washes use less water than washing at home.
http://georgiafaces.caes.uga.edu/storypage.cfm?storyid=3122

For our local businesses with greenhouses:
http://georgiafaces.caes.uga.edu/storypage.cfm?storyid=3022

Georgia Environmental Protection Division page on water conservation:
http://www.watersmart.net/

Well done landscaped renovation using xeriscape principles:
http://www.watersmart.net/PDF/Landscapes.pdf