How to conserve water during a water restriction

A shower can waste up to 8 gallons of water a day

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – This mandatory water restriction affects thousands of people in five Hampden County communities.

First, it is important to point out the water is safe to drink. The water main break did not affect the water quality, so you can continue to drink the water.

However, the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission is telling everyone in the impacted areas to avoid all outdoor watering activates and non-essential water use.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, letting the water run for 5 minutes while you brush your teeth or shower can waste up to 8 gallons of water a day.

Peggy Cauley, who’s sister lives in East Longmeadow, said, “I make sure there are no leaks. If there is I always talk to my landlord right away. So actually I’m conservative even when I take a shower brushing my teeth, I make sure to double check everything.

Also, try to take short showers, and wash only full loads of laundry. 22News asked Springfield residents what they are doing in the kitchen to conserve water.

Antonio De Leigh of Springfield said, “When you’re washing dishes, if you have two areas where you can wash the dishes, two sink areas, then fill one up with a little bit water to rinse your dishes but at no time should you have the water continuously running.”

You should also keep the drinking water in the fridge, instead of letting the faucet run until the water gets cold.

Keep this in mind when conserving water; it will help local fire departments have enough supply and adequate pressure in emergency situations.

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