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Wasteful water consumption will negatively affect how much water future generations will have in the future.  If we take care of this natural resource now, we'll all benefit down the road. Conserving water should be year-round, not just in times of drought . If your question isn't answered below, feel free to send us an e-mail at 

Q. How can I conserve water during drought season, and at all times throughout the year?

A. There are a number of ways to conserve water and limit use, which are important during times of drought, but also year round. Read our water conservation tips

Q. Why should I conserve water when there is no drought?

A. By conserving water resources you'll be protecting the environment, and saving energy and money. Lower energy usage results in a lower energy bill. 

Q. Where can I get more information on water issues?

A. For additional information on all water and water conservation issues, send an e-mail to

Q. How does washing my car affect water?

A. The waste water from car washing usually contains excess nutrients, metals, and hydrocarbons which drain into sewer and storm drains or directly into our lakes and streams. This causes problems for aquatic life, and also affects the quality of drinking water that comes from our watersheds. Learn how you can minimize the negative environmental effects of car washing.

Q. I have a well on my property, so why do I need to worry about conserving water or polluting the groundwater, when that’s not where my water comes from?

A. This is a common misconception. The water in your well does come from the same places as the water in nearby reservoirs that provide drinking water to NYC. Furthermore the water that goes to urban areas is treated and well-water is usually not. If you are a private homeowner with a well you should have the water tested to make sure it is safe to drink and bathe in. All water is interconnected.

Q. Do garden water fountains waste water?

A. They can, if they don’t recycle the water; if the water splashes out; or if it leaks.

Q. What is grey water?

A. Grey water is household water that has been used for showers, washing dishes and laundry that can be collected and reused. Toilet water is not considered grey water.

Q. What are the benefits of using grey water?

A. Using grey water is beneficial for a number of reasons, some of which include:

  • less strain on septic systems, allowing systems to last longer results in higher treatment effectiveness and lower costs at treatment facilities
  • contains biological material that promotes soil quality and provides food for plants
  • less energy wasted
  • less chemicals used
  • more fresh water available for drinking
  • recharges groundwater 

Q. What should I do if there's a drought?

A. When we experience a drought, restrictions on water usage will be implemented. Residents should be aware of and adhere to these restrictions and alter their activities accordingly.