For most people, the arrival of an extended summer heat wave brings to mind cooling off by the swimming pool and children running through lawn sprinklers. But for over 100,000 residents of Prince George's County in suburban Maryland, the summer's first major heat wave arrived with the news that they will face mandatory water restrictions for several days while the utility makes repairs to a failing water main.
With more than half of the country now officially under moderate to extreme drought conditions, the Great Drought of 2012 is already the worst dry spell in the last 50 years, and there's no end in sight. Conserving water is a moral imperative at a time like this. But even during non-drought conditions, conserving water can save you money on your water bill and help save one of the Earth's most precious resources--fresh water.
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