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July 30, 1999


Dog Days of Summer Dry Up Water Supply

(Denver, Colorado)— The American Water Works Association (AWWA) today predicted that several more states will soon begin water rationing restrictions, without a dramatic change in rainfall.

"With the recent addition of Maryland, ten states now have some form of water use restrictions and more are facing drought conditions” said AWWA executive director Jack Hoffbuhr. “While drinking water only represents less than one percent of water supplied by U.S. utilities, the total consumer demand for water is 34 billion gallons per day.”

States with water restrictions are: Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. In addition severe drought conditions exist in regions of Maine, Ohio, Oregon, and Washington.

Although water is a basic element of life, its quality and accessibility has allowed consumers to take it for granted. Some interesting, but little known water facts are:

· The average household uses 350 gallons of water a day

· Americans drink more than 1 billion glasses of tap water every day

· Approximately 65% of residential water is used outside the home

· The average ¼ acre lawn can use over 3,000 gallons of water a week

· One inch of rainfall over a one acre lot produces over 2,400 gallons of water

· Approximately ¼ of America’s renewable water supply is withdrawn each year

· Residents can cut indoor water use by more than 30% by practicing simple conservation techniques, such as:

o Not letting faucets run while brushing teeth, washing hands or face, food preparation, or dishwashing

o Use washing machines and dishwashers only when full

o Reducing the use of garbage disposals

o Regularly checking for leaks

o Installing low-flow fixtures and appliances

As we enter into the Dog Days of Summer, AWWA encourages consumers to do their part to conserve water and to listen for their local utility to make conservation recommendations or water use restriction announcements.