Every Drop Counts

Freshwater rivers and streams sustain our communities by providing drinking and irrigation water, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities and more. While it may seem like an abundant resource, the amount of fresh water available to us is smaller than you might think. During periods of dry weather and drought -  the conditions that more than 80 percent of the western United States are facing now – some rivers and streams may disappear altogether.

Viewer Tip: Remember that every drop counts. Check out these quick and easy ways to save water in the kitchen and bathroom.


  • Fill up the sink basin when hand-washing dishes. Soak pots and pans rather than letting the water run to get them clean.
  • Only run the dishwasher with a full load. Dishwashers typically use less water than washing by hand.
  • Cut down on garbage disposal use by composting fruit and vegetable food waste.


  • Shave 2 minutes off your shower time to save up to 150 gallons per month.
  • Don’t use the toilet as a trash can. Drop tissues in the trash instead of flushing them.
  • Look for and fix faucet and showerhead leaks. Just one drip per second can add up to five gallons per day.

If you’re in the market for new appliances or bathroom fixtures, look for the WaterSense label. WaterSense-labeled products are at least 20 percent more efficient than average products in their category and perform as well or better.

Check out Water Use it Wisely for more water-saving tips.

(Source: U.S. Drought Monitor, http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/RegionalDroughtMonitor.aspx?west; Water Use it Wisely, www.wateruseitwisely.com)

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