Long Island Water Conference urges conservation amid heat wave

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With Long Island in the midst of a heat wave, residents should cut back on water usage, especially during peak hours, a group representing the water-supply industry said Thursday.

The Long Island Water Conference said reducing usage between 4 and 8 a.m. and following odd-even regulations for watering lawns are among the ways to conserve.

Water usage on a hot summer day can be 400 percent higher when compared with a typical spring day, the group said. ". . . So during this time of year, we ask our residents to be thoughtful and try to moderate their water usage," said conference chairman Michael Boufis.

"Conservation efforts help ensure that there is a plentiful supply of water for all of the members of our community as well as having a reserve for fire protection."

Other conservation steps include:

Turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth or shaving until you are ready to rinse.

Shortening shower times or installing a low-flow shower head.

Repairing leaky faucets or pipes.

The group also urges residents to drink plenty of water during outdoor activities, to reduce the risk of dehydration.

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Drinking tap water stored in ready-to-go reusable bottles also saves money and reduces the number of plastic containers sent to landfills, the group said.

The Long Island Water Conference members provide more than 375 million gallons of clean water daily, according to the group's website, liwc.org.

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