Rural America’s most-wanted, the water crisis has been brewing for years, and now experts and consumers are stepping up to help.
But as with the opioid crisis, there’s a huge disconnect between the information people are getting from regulators and what they can actually do.
Here are some things you can do to save on your water bill.
Know your rights as a rural American A key element of rural water conservation is knowing your rights.
“We are being treated as second-class citizens, like people living in the city, and we need to be aware that we are,” said Mary Beth Sattler, director of rural development for the Rural Water Association.
“This is our only water source.
The government is trying to force us to spend more on water than we are able to pay for, and that is putting us at risk.”
Sattlers group works with communities in rural areas to inform them of their rights.
For example, the group is working with rural governments to educate consumers about their right to not have their water diverted for other uses.
Sattels group is also working with the Federal Communications Commission to expand access to water conservation information.
“Consumers should be aware of what is happening to the water they use and to their rights as consumers, and what information they can access,” she said.
“If you have questions or concerns, we urge you to contact the Rural Utility Assistance Program (RUAP) and our state-level partners.”
Use local sources to save time and money You can also use your phone, tablet or computer to save water.
If you live in rural or rural-adjacent areas, there are ways you can conserve water without relying on expensive tap water.
For instance, if you have a well or wellhead in your backyard or on a riverbank, you can buy water from a private well.
Or, you could buy tap water that is delivered from your local water utility.
You can save on water usage by switching to the private company that delivers the water.
The best option is to go to a wellhead and take the water directly to the wellhead, which will save you money.
If that water isn’t delivered, you will pay for it yourself.
But there are some water savings tricks you can use to save some money.
A good rule of thumb is to keep your water off your tap and to use a water meter to determine how much water you use each day.
Don’t leave the taps running in the summer The summer is a busy time in the rural U.S., with thousands of wildfires raging through the state.
And with wildfires and wildfires in the state comes increased use of the water supply.
The number of fires in rural America has increased over the last decade, according to the U. S. Forest Service.
The problem is that fires burn out and the water that they consume becomes less and less available.
So it is critical to have an active tap system running in areas of high demand and for those areas where you are likely to be in a water emergency.
A water meter is a good option to check on the status of your water.
Consider buying a water filter If you are looking for ways to save costs on water, consider purchasing a water filters to save your money.
The cost of a water filtration system is relatively inexpensive compared to other water systems.
There are several options, including a water-saving shower head, a reusable filter, a filter that is easily replaced, or a reusable drip filter.
And if you don’t want to splurge on a water treatment system, there is an array of home and commercial filters available.
“It’s always a good idea to think about the things you have to pay to pay,” Sattelos said.
The cheapest way to save is to use reusable water containers and to keep them in your garage or storage space, she added.
Use a water conservancy system to save energy If you plan to live in a city or rural area, you might be able to save a little bit on your energy bill by using an energy-efficient home or business.
“There is no need to use the same water to irrigate your lawn and water your plants that you would use to irrigating your yard,” said Matt Cavanaugh, owner of Cavanaugh Homes, a small home and business that specializes in energy efficiency.
“I don’t see a lot of people that want to spend all that money on water conservation because it’s all just a waste of water.
There’s no benefit for them in terms of saving money.”
Cavanaugh said homeowners should be using energy-saving systems like a heat pump, which can provide heat in the event of an emergency, or an energy efficiency heat sink that provides cooling during the day.
Cavanaugh’s energy-efficiency heat sink is the best option for reducing your energy bills because it doesn’t require a lot in terms on energy,