- Only running the dishwasher when it's full.
- Use a dishpan or plug the sink when hand-washing dishes.
- Check toilets for leaks.
- Take shorter showers.
- Let lawns go dormant.
- Turn the water off when shaving or brushing teeth.
- Run full loads of laundry rather than many small loads.
- Use a broom rather than a hose to clean decks, sidewalks and other paved areas.
- Collect rainwater for reuse in garden.
For those in MC served by well (aquifer) water (which is everybody in Poolesville and Barnesville area, the Reserve and rural transition communities, including parts of Darnestown for example) take note. It is advisable to go into conservation mode when drought seems possible. Frankly, this is prudent, even for people on WSSC water. A shifting climate may create more drought periods and, paradoxically, higher velocity/volume rain events where stormwater runoff becomes an issue.
More on our groundwater aquifer, how changing weather patterns will affect our region etc. here - worth the read:
Understanding Groundwater in the Reserve
The Coming Droughts and How to Cope