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CZ-Tip - Save Water

Find ways to get to, protect, and enjoy the coast with tips from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM).

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 Management page with up-to-date information on drought issues in the Commonwealth, maps and charts that label which regions are experiencing drought conditions, and data used to determine drought conditions. DCR also maintains a Monthly Water Conditions page with information on monthly precipitation and water levels.
  • The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Massachusetts Drought Information has links to average streamflow maps and drought advisories, along with information on national drought conditions and links to USGS drought publications.
  • National Integrated Drought Information System 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