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Water Quality Program - College of the Environment and Life Sciences

Water Conservation

RHODE ISLAND IS A STATE RICH IN WATER RESOURCES. From our freshwater lakes and ponds, rivers and streams, and abundant groundwater resources to our coastal ponds, estuaries, Narragansett Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean, our water resources sustain our livelihood. Our land use activities affect the quality of these water resources. There are many things that each of us can do to protect water resources.

Water is a renewable resource that continually moves through the environment in the water cycle.  (To learn more about the water cycle click here).

Why conserve water?
Water conservation:

  • Saves money
  • Saves energy
  • Reduces pollution
  • Reduces effects of drought

How much water do you use?
This interactive water use calculator shows how much your household consumes and gives tips to conserve water.  Challenge your family to incorporate water conservation efforts everyday in their daily routine!

What can you do to conserve water?

  • Check for leaks – A steady drip can waste up to 20 gallons per day, or 7,000 gallons per year!
  • Install water conservation fixtures and appliances – Low flow showerheads can reduce water used while showering by 50-75%
  • Change your water use habits – Turn off water while brushing teeth and shaving
  • Water lawns and gardens properly – Use a drip irrigation system or water during cool parts of the day to avoid excess evaporation

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