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Water restrictions have changed

A shower head sends out about two gallons of water per minute.  Taking a five minute shower can save 20 gallons of water compared to taking a bath. A shower head sends out about two gallons of water per minute. Taking a five minute shower can save 20 gallons of water compared to taking a bath.
A sprinkler runs on Albany's northwest side.  New restrictions limit running sprinklers to the hours of 4 p.m. until 10 a.m. A sprinkler runs on Albany's northwest side. New restrictions limit running sprinklers to the hours of 4 p.m. until 10 a.m.
Customers pay the bills at the Water, Gas and Light building in Albany.  For those who live in Albany, W,G and L provides water and electricity services. Customers pay the bills at the Water, Gas and Light building in Albany. For those who live in Albany, W,G and L provides water and electricity services.
A toilet flush lever.  The average old style toilet uses about 1.6 gallons per flush. A toilet flush lever. The average old style toilet uses about 1.6 gallons per flush.
The Water, Gas and Light logo on their building in downtown Albany. The Water, Gas and Light logo on their building in downtown Albany.

 With the water issues between Georgia, Alabama and Florida set to boil over in the next few years, experts say that conserving water is going to have to be a large part of any solution.

The state has stepped in and placed new restrictions on watering lawns.

And with drier than normal weather expected this summer, sprinklers will be running. But if you plant to run the sprinkler, you should know when you can turn it on.

Lori Farkas knows the answer.  She's from Albany Water, Gas and Light.  "It must be after 4 p.m. and before 10 a.m. any day of the week," she said.

Of course, there are exceptions - even if they're only temporary.

"Someone putting in new sod or new landscaping has a one month moratorium to be able to get that established," she said.

After all, the State of Georgia doesn't want you to lose all that green that you plunked down to get your lawn greener. And let's face it, when the temperature goes up, you'll need to supplement the rain that nature provides.

Keeping you lawn green this Summer will - of course - cost you some water. But there are other ways that you can save water and it all starts in the bathroom.

While not everyone has a lawn, the average American still uses between 80 and 100 gallons of water every day. A lot of that usage comes right here. And the amount that you use can be higher if there's a leak.  A LOT higher.

Farkas said, "in three months time, a leak smaller than the size of an eraser tip you can lose over a million gallons of water."

Even though your water is relatively cheap - about a penny for every four gallons - that would still be a hefty check to write. There's another way to save as well in your bathroom.

"We certainly encourage everyone to take a five minute shower," said Farkas.

A five minute shower takes 10 gallons of water, while a bath takes three times as much. The savings can keep on going before you get going in the morning.

Farkas said, "there are things we can do when we brush our teeth, let's turn the water off."

With a few simple steps, you can be a good steward to Georgia's most precious resource, and keep clean without getting your wallet cleaned out.

Farkas says that one way to see how well your doing in terms of energy efficiency is to get a free energy checkup. You can call W - G and L to arrange one.

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