Volume IV, Number 6
eMDE is a quarterly publication of the Maryland Department of the Environment. It covers articles on current environmental issues and events in the state.
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Maryland’s greatest water use occurs during the summer months, and this year will be no exception. With high temperatures, residential water use can be considerably greater than during the winter months. There are simple things we can do inside or outside of our home to conserve water and reduce the impacts of water use on the environment.
Conserving water protects the environment and saves money. Water conservation benefits the environment by reducing the volume of wastewater flowing to treatment plants and septic systems, enabling more efficient treatment and lowering waste disposal. Water conservation can also preserve the free flow and retain the value of stream and river systems as wildlife habitats and recreational areas. Conserving water saves money. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average household spends about $500 per year on its water and sewer bill. By making just a few simple changes, you can save about $170 per year.
Tips for Saving Water Inside Home
Approximately 60 percent of total household water supply is used inside the home. These tips will reduce water use indoors:
Tips for Saving Water Outside Home
During a hot Maryland summer, water use outside the home can be 50 to 100 percent greater than during the winter. Follow these tips to reduce water use outdoors:
For more information, visit these websites:
MDE Water Conservation U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Sense Program Maryland Energy Administration
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