You can do your part to conserve water

December 20, 2007

Albany - - Most of South Georgia got rain Thursday, but we will still finish the year with a serious rain deficit as the drought continues. What are you doing to help get the state through the water crisis?

An average person uses 125 to 150 gallons of water a day for everyday household activities. And experts say that's more than 40 % more than what you actually need.

When Yolanda Solomon's children do their chores, she's keeping a watchful eye.

"Not only do they learn responsibility but it keeps the house clean."

As they wash down the dishes and load the washing machine, they're remembering things they've been taught.

"I get on them all the time. When they was dishes, they have a tendency to leave the water running. If you're not using the water, turn it off."

It's a lesson in conservation, plumber Aaron Baker says needs to be taught to more families.

"For the most part, most people don't think about it," Baker says.

For seven years, he's traveled to homes where poor water usage have caused problems for him to repair.

"Water cuts grooves in metal when it goes through it constantly," Baker says.

Problems he sees include people not fixing leaks quickly and going overboard with the drip rule doing freeze warnings.

"You don't need to have a full stream to where you're wasting a lot of water, just enough water to keep the system moving." 

Georgia conservationists say replace washers when needed, consider an instant hot water heater for your sink, recycle clean water, and have a full load when you're ready to use the dishwasher.

Solomon says she doesn't mind complying. Because if her family doesn't, everyone has to live with those annoying water restrictions.

"Yeah, and not only that, it runs up your water bill too," she says with a laugh.

It's price she's willing to avoid. 

Conservationists say saving water temporarily, then going back to irresponsible use doesn't do much good. They say conservation has to become a way of life.