Drought conditions across many parts of the United States this year have prompted the American Water Works Association (AWWA), during its 121st Annual Conference and Exposition in New Orleans, to urge Americans to help ease the strain on water supplies by employing simple household conservation measures.
"Many states can expect ongoing water shortages in the coming summer months," said AWWA executive director Jack Hoffbuhr. "This is of even greater concern with the threat of widespread fires throughout the West. Consumers should be aware of and abide by the conservation recommendations of their local public water utility as we enter the mid-to-late summer when fire danger is even more prevalent."
Conservation and drought sessions offered by AWWA during its conference included, "Planning to Meet Future Water Supply Challenges," "Conservation/Drought Programs, Policies and Regulation Updates," and "Planting New Landscape Program Ideas and Leak Detection."
Established in 1881, AWWA is the oldest and largest nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to safe drinking water in North America. AWWA has 56,000 members worldwide and its 4,500 utility members serve 80 percent of America's population.