Water Shortage Action Plan Put Into Effect

The National Park Service is putting its water shortage action plan into effect following the state’s call to cease withdrawing water from Annie Creek. Crater Lake National Park staff are asking all visitors and employees to use water wisely during the water supply shortage. Water shortages like this are a common problem for the West and there are several ways that you can help.

How You Can Help During Your Visit. . .

  • Fill a water bottle before you come and buy a reusable water bottle. Every drop counts!
  • Stop leaks. If you see a leaky faucet/water line in the park, please let park staff know.
  • Don’t flush trash! Every time you flush a cigarette butt, facial tissue, or other trash you waste
    water—between 1.5 gallons with a low-flow toilet to up to 7 gallons with an older model.

If you’re staying overnight:

  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. This saves 3 gallons of water per day.
  • Take shorter showers and avoid baths. Even a one- or two-minute reduction in shower time can save up to 700 gallons of water per month. A full bath can use between 30 to 50 gallons of water.

Learn more about the shortage by visiting the National Park Service’s website.

Ways to Continue to be “Water-Wise”

Be water wise at home:

  • Wash full loads of laundry. Most top-loading washing machines use 40 gallons of water per
    load. Energy efficient front-loading machines use just over 20 gallons of water per load. A full
    load of laundry means you are getting the most out of every drop of water.
  • Drive a dirty car. If you must wash your car, take it to a car wash that recycles water.
  • Keep a bottle or pitcher of water in the refrigerator. Instead of running the tap for cool water, keep a supply of cold water in the refrigerator. This can save 200–300 gallons a month.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks. This can save 150
    gallons or more each time you undertake this chore.

For More Water-Saving Tips: www.epa.gov/owm/water-efficiency/ or use the water footprint calculator.

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