The simple answer: so we have enough when we need it. By conserving water, we minimize those periods when water scarcity is a problem. This ensures there is enough water for our people, wildlife and the environment – now and in the future.
Water conservation – it all starts at home. Visit this section for an interactive Home Water Use Calculator, rundown of common indoor and outdoor water uses and guide to reading your water bill.
Municipal water suppliers and commissioners, planners, conservation commissions and land-use board members all have a role to play in protecting and conserving water. Visit this section for guidance and resources for incorporating water conservation into municipal roles.
Commercial businesses, corporate offices, manufacturing plants, restaurants, universities, hospitals all need water. How can they improve efficiency? Learn more here about water use audits and best practices for more efficient indoor and outdoor water use.
From the cranberry bogs of Lakeville to the apple orchards of the Berkshires, the dairies, nurseries and crop farms in between, all depend critically on water. Agricultural water conservation strategies can help ensure their sustainability – learn more about best practices by operation type.
Massachusetts schools and teachers play a critical role in the future of water conservation by helping students become more aware of water as a precious natural resource, and by providing ways to take an active role in conserving it. Check out these classroom materials, organized by grade levels.
Use these interactive tools, to learn more about water conservation.
Here you can download from our library of outreach materials.