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August 5, 2016

Oswego County Is Included in Drought Warning

OSWEGO - Oswego County is now officially under a drought warning and County Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner (District 13, New Haven) is asking citizens to voluntarily conserve water. Legislature Chairman Gardner said Oswego County was included in a heightened drought warning which was issued Aug. 4 by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

"It's estimated that the average person uses about 50 gallons of water a day," said Chairman Gardner. "We haven't received substantial rains in several weeks, and many areas of the county have significant drought conditions with reduced groundwater levels. I am asking citizens to do what they can to help conserve water."

The drought warning includes neighboring Onondaga, Jefferson and Cayuga counties and several other counties in central and western New York. All of New York State was previously under a drought "watch," which is the lowest of four levels of state drought advisories ("watch," "warning," "emergency" and "disaster").

The Oswego County Health Department advises people who need to have potable water delivered for their wells to use a NYS certified bulk water hauler. For a list of bulk water haulers serving Oswego County, visit www.oswegocounty.com/health or call the environmental division of the county health department at 315-349-3557.

The health department and NYS DEC suggest people take these steps to help save water:

- Turn off the faucet while shaving, washing up, brushing teeth, and washing dishes. The average person uses 10.9 gallons of water from the faucet a day.

- Fix dripping and leaking faucets and toilets. A faucet leaking 30 drops per minute wastes 54 gallons a month.

- Don't run the tap to make water cold or hot. Instead, keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator.

- To conserve water in the bathroom, place a plastic jug filled with water in the tank of conventional toilets. You'll save that much volume in water each time you flush.

- Wash only full loads of dishes and laundry. The average dishwasher uses 8 to 12 gallons each usage whether or not it's a full load.

- Install water-saving plumbing fixtures. A low-flow shower head saves up to 7.5 gallons a minute.

- Take shorter showers or fill the bathtub only part way. The average person uses 15 gallons a day in bathing and hygiene.

- Raise your lawn mower cutting height. Longer grass needs less water.

- Water lawns and gardens on alternate mornings instead of every day. Less frequent watering will develop grass with deeper roots, and early morning watering minimizes evaporation.

For additional water-saving tips visit www.dec.ny.gov.

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