Although summer usually marks the peak of water shortages in Massachusetts, saving water should be a year-round goal. Water conservation helps maintain water levels in rivers and streams, which is essential for protecting habitats as well as the quality of the water that runs to the sea. The following information assembled by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) will help you use water wisely in your home, yard, and business.

Information on Drought Conditions

  • The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) maintains a Drought Status page with drought status reports, statewide drought maps, and tips on water conservation. DCR also maintains a Current Conditions page with information monthly precipitation and water levels.
  • The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Massachusetts Drought Watch has links to average streamflow maps and drought advisories, along with information on national drought conditions and links to USGS drought publications.
  • The U.S. Drought Portal provides extensive information on drought conditions nationwide, forecasts, and a variety of tools for planning for and dealing with droughts.

Water Conservation in Your Home

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense Program provides water efficiency information and links to what you can do to save water, the benefits of water efficiency, a database of water-efficient products, and an online water-savings calculator.
  • The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) Tips for Saving Water at Home provides a list of easy ways to conserve water (and reduce your water bill).
  • MWRA's Water-Efficient Appliances and Fixtures page gives information on low-flow toilets and water-efficient appliances.
  • The Operation WaterSense Program from MWRA offers free water-saving fixtures to its residential customers.
  • The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's (MassDEP) Tips for Saving Water Indoors and Outdoors page gives dozens of ideas for reducing water use in the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry, as well as outdoors.

Water Conservation in Your Yard

Water Conservation in Your Business

General Water Conservation Information

  • H2OUSE is a virtual encyclopedia of water conservation information for your home, with information on fixtures, appliances, hot water systems, pools and spas, water meters, landscaping and other outdoor water use, and alternative water supplies, including information on available financial incentives and rebates.
  • More than 100+ Ways to Conserve are available from the wateruseitwisely.com.
  • The American Water Works Association's Water Conservation Resource Community is a comprehensive clearinghouse of resources on water conservation, efficiency, and demand management for conservation professionals and the larger water supply community.
  • Water Conservation Resources - Save Every Drop! from air-n-water.com gives links to dozens of sources of information on conserving water—from scary water usage statistics to the little things that add up to big water savings.
  • Teaching Kids about Water Conservation, a web page produced by PartSelect, gives links to both information on general water conservation and teaching about the topic.