Drought could lead to forced water limits in Iowa

Photo by steelersfan8765, Flickr.
Photo by steelersfan8765, Flickr.

Drought conditions could lead to water conservation measures in some parts of Iowa.

Especially in Iowa’s northwest counties, there’s a chance that some areas will have to limit water usage. To avoid getting to this point, Iowans are encouraged to conserve water during their day-to-day activities.

Read more from The Gazette here.

Possible changes on the way to water allocation law

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Photo by amypalko, Flickr.

Changes may be coming to a state law that allows the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to decide what water users get their water shut-off or restricted when water conservation is necessary.

The state law was originally put into place in 1985 when water usage was much different than it is today in Iowa.

The potential revision of the law is largely influenced by the drought. With the drought entering its third year, it has never looked more likely that the current law could be put into action.

Read more from The Gazette here.

On the Radio: Simple water conservation tips

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Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s episode suggests a number of methods for Iowans to conserve water.

Water conservation is a win-win-win scenario: it helps the environment, saves you money and is easy to do.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

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Two videos from the Iowa DNR explaining the importance of conserving water and limiting consumerism’s environmental impact

I recently discovered these videos from the Iowa DNR’s YouTube channel. The first one explains the importance of conserving water, and the second one shows the effects of consumerism.