While the amount of snow over the winter along with the recent rains, has helped, many areas are still under drought conditions.

From: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?NH

About 60% of the state is considered anywhere from “Abnormally dry” to “Severe Drought”.  The water table in your area is affected by the drought conditions.  Wells that have gone down drastically or even gone dry, will not recover after just one precipitation event.  It will take a period of time to raise the water table to bring those wells back to producing again.

Things you can do to help

Make every drop count. Check for leaks.

From epa.gov: “The average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year and ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. Common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. These types of leaks are often easy to fix, requiring only a few tools and hardware that can pay for themselves in water savings. Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.”

Did you know that a one drop per second leak can cause the waste of more than 3,000 gallons of water per year?  You could take more than 180 showers with that amount of water.

Ways to find and fix leaks:

  • Check your water meter before and after a 2 hour period when no water has been used. If your meter has changed, you probably have a leak.
  • Use a drop of food coloring in the back of your toilet. If color shows up in the bowl, you probably have a leak. (Be sure to flush right after so as to avoid staining your bowl.)
  • When you turn on faucets, watch for leaks. Tighten as needed.
  • Look at pipe fittings, gaskets and anywhere piping is connected and check for any water on the outside.
  • Follow this link to learn about fixing leaky faucets: http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/skills-and-know-how/plumbing/how-to-repair-faucets

Other suggestions:

  • You can save up to 8 gallons of water a day by turning the tap off while brushing your teeth.
  • Take a shower instead of a bath. A shower uses 10 to 25 gallons of water, while a bath can use up to 70 gallons.
  • Use a bucket for water to wash your car. A hose can waste up to 6 gallons of water per minute when you leave it running during the wash.
  • If you do water your lawn or garden, water in the early morning when it’s the shadiest and coolest part of the day. When you water during the middle of the day, a lot of the water will evaporate before the lawn and plants can even drink it.

We at Epping Well are always happy to assist with questions and education regarding drought conditions and how you can conserve water. Please contact us at 603-679-5299 or 800-287-5299

For more information:

http://drought.unl.edu/DroughtforKids/HowCanWeProtectOurselves/WaterConservation.aspx

http://www.ngwa.org/Documents/PositionPapers/GW-Sustainability.pdf

http://wellowner.org/groundwater/