Overall, 36 of West Virginia’s 55 counties are in a moderate drought. Many are seeing the driest conditions in eight years.
Once lush lawns are now parched and brown, and with the weather getting hotter there's not much hope we'll get out of this drought.
While no restrictions have been made on water consumption yet, Ag. Extension Agent Lyndall Harned thinks they could be just around the corner.
“Everybody wants to be out there watering their backyard garden and the demand goes up and that just puts a strain on the water systems,” Harned said.
Right now using the garden hose is the only way to keep your grass green. Harned said the best time to water is during the early morning, that way the water has time to soak into the lawn before the afternoon sun evaporates it away. Also, consider a covering.
“Mulch will conserve that moisture,” Harden said, “It doesn't let the sun hit the ground and evaporate it and it holds that moisture at the roots longer.”
One of the easiest ways to conserve water indoors to just change your habits. For example, when you're brushing your teeth, wet the brush, but then turn off the water while you're brushing.
Another way is to look for fixtures like the new water-efficient toilets and low-flow shower-heads if you're building a new house or renovating. Also consider new appliances. For example, older top-loading style washing machines use about 40 gallons of water for every load of clothes.
“The energy you want to save is when you get to your front-load washing machine,” Appliance Specialist Tonya Black said, “You're typically going to use about 15 gallons of water.
By just being aware of the choices you make, you can save a considerable amount of water each day.