Water is our most precious resource; however, it is often taken for granted. Although Minnesota appears to have a more than adequate supply of water, increasing demand from domestic, agricultural, and industrial water users can strain water resources and municipal water supply systems, especially during periods of drought.
Water conservation can reduce the demand placed upon ground and surface water sources and municipal water supply systems. Conservation can save water users money by reducing water bills, or reducing electrical consumption and maintenance costs for private well owners. Municipalities can reduce water and sewage treatment costs and delay or eliminate expensive infrastructure improvements by encouraging customers to reduce water consumption.
Water conservation information:
- Conservation Measures for Water Supply Systems (MN DNR)
- Water Conservation Toolbox: Residents (Metropolitan Council)
- Water Conservation Toolbox: Programs for Water Suppliers (Metropolitan Council)
- Residential Water Conservation Information (American Water Works Association - AWWA)
- Water Conservation - Resource Community (American Water Works Association)
- Water Conservation Learning Site - WaterLearn (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)
- WaterSense Program (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
- Water Efficiency and Sustainable Use (Alliance for Water Efficiency)
- Alliance for Water Efficiency Business Guide (Alliance for Water Efficiency)