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Saving water starts with you

May 31, 2007

Albany - - A few raindrops Thursday won't do much to alleviate one of the worst springtime droughts we've seen in years. As dry weather continues, water conservation becomes more important.

The state is launching a new education program called Water Smart. Albany is one of six pilot cities where leaders are being trained to teach conservation tips to the rest of us.

Jeff Morey didn't mind waiting on the day's rain to clear before he could do one of his favorite past times with his 16 year old Derrick.

"Me and my son are out here fishing enjoying the afternoon after this little rain that we got that we needed."

In fact, the lack of rain put a strain on his fun.

"The creek I used to fish two years ago, you had to have a boat to get up and down the creek, now you can wade the whole creek."

And though we got some Thursday, it wasn't enough rain to get the state out of a drought.

"One person always makes a difference," says Lorie Farkas of Water, Gas, and Light.

She's one of several Albany leaders who have teamed with the Department of Natural Resources to spread the importance of conservation and how to do it.

One suggestion...take a bath instead of a shower.

"If you'll put a stopper in your tub when you take that five minute shower, when you get finished if you will take a recycled plastic milk jug. Fill up as many as you have saved. It does several things number one you're keeping plastic out of the landfill, number two you're using water that you've already paid for to take a shower. And you're going to use it a second time, to recycle that water and put it on any indoor plants or outdoor hanging baskets or just throw it on your grass."

She says it can also protect your lawn.

"Bugs and pests can't stand the soap residue that's in that water so you're going to have healthier plants."

Get ready to hear more tips like this coming your way. D.N.R. trained several groups, including faculty at Albany State and members of Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful to get out the word. 

Morey admits he doesn't always think about conserving, but the drought is making him think twice, especially since he wants to keep enjoying the sport that only good water provides. 

Farkas says though some people have been caught violating water restrictions, there hasn't been a problem with repeat offenders. She says after an initial warning, offenders are following guidelines.

For more information on conserving water at home, visit www.conservewatergeorgia.net.

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