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Energy and Environment Cabinet

Division of Water

Division of Water
Water Conservation

Water conservation is important for both water suppliers and water users. Water shortages may occur because of a drought, contaminated water sources or damage to water pipes. Residential water users can increase water efficiency and decrease utility bills through short-term and long-term conservation measures.

Short-term water conservation measures are actions that may be taken in response to a water shortage, while long-term water conservation often involves a change in behavior or installation of newer appliances or home/yard modifications. Consumers may wish to incorporate short-term actions into their long-term behavior to minimize the impact of future shortages on everyday life and to reduce water and electric utility bills.

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Barren River Lake, June 2007

Barren River Lake, June 2007, photo courtesy of Dr. Stuart Foster, state climatologist, Western Kentucky University.


 Homeowner Tips to Reduce Water Use

Adjust the lawn mower blade to at least 3 inches to maintain moisture and minimize drying of the grassUse minimum amounts of fertilizer for the lawn and plants
Avoid running the water while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your faceInsulate your water pipes
Avoid using the garbage disposalBuild a compost pile in your backyard in which to place your food wastes
Avoid washing your carUse automatic car washes that recycle the water. If you wash your car at home, invest in high-quality soap, use warm water and turn off the water while washing
Completely load dishwashers and clothes washers prior to operationReplace existing appliances with energy-efficient dishwashers and clothes washers. Dry clothes on a line installed in the garage or outside
Repair leaking toilets, faucets and hosesReplace existing toilet with a 1.6-gallon toilet that uses less water per flush
Shorten the length of showersReplace existing showerhead with a low-flow showerhead
Water your lawn, shrubs and perennial plants in the morning and only when necessaryPlant native species for your geographic area

 Conservation Links

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Cutting the amount of electricity used also decreases water use. Electricity is often used to pump water to locations where the water is used. According to the U.S. EPA WaterSense Web site, U.S. power plants use 136 billion gallons of fresh water each day in the production of electricity.
Division of Renewable Energy and Efficiency: Information about ENERGY STAR, Arbor Day, sustainable buildings, renewable energy and energy conservation suggestions for residential industrial and government uses.
E.ON: Contact information, types of fuel, conservation and consumption of electricity is provided on the Web site.
Energy Information Administration: Data and statistics regarding types of energy fuels and energy use.
Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives: Information regarding electricity consumption, conservation, sources of fuel and contact information for customers.
KY EXCEL: A program designed to encourage and assist an organization in conducting projects that improve Kentucky’s environment.
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American Water and Energy Savers: Forty-nine ways to save water indoors.
EPA Water Conservation Techniques and Computer Program for Homeowner Use: A computer program that can calculate the amount of water saved with the installation of water-conserving applicances.
EPA Water Sense Program: WaterSense was developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide a market for products that improve water efficiency.
SAHRA Residential Water Conservation: SAHRA Science and Technology Center provides a room-by-room guide to help homeowners save water.
Salato Native Plant Program: The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources provides information about native Kentucky plants and offers a native plant sale for residents wanting to purchase native plants for their gardens.
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Bowling Green Municipal Utilities: Contact information for customers and water quality and safety information.
Frankfort Plant Board: Contact and water quality information for their water users.
Louisville/Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District:  Information about the watershed approach to water for the area and contact information for water users.
Northern Kentucky Water District: Water quality, conservation and contact information for water users in the area.
Owensboro Municipal Utilities: Water quality, conservation and contact information for water users in the Owensboro area.
Paducah Water: Fun water facts and statistics, water conservation and customer service information are located on the Web site.
Water Utilities in Kentucky: Statewide water utility contact information for utilities not listed individually or for those that do not have a Web site may be accessed from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority.