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Water Conservation

Clean drinking (potable) water is one of those resources that humans, and most other living beings, cannot do without. Yet most of us grew up thinking that potable water was a limitless resource. The truth is that although potable water is a renewable resource, we can make it non-renewable by some of our actions.

Potable water (i.e. tap or drinking water) is available to 100% of all customers of all the Public Service Districts (PSDs), which produce drinking water from a variety of sources and use a variety of supply techniques. For more information on where our drinking water comes from, visit your PSD website.

We rely heavily on our groundwater as a drinking water source, so it's really important that we all practice water conservation and protect water sources throughout our watershed. Check out some ways to do this below.

How we can be sustainable in our water use:

  1. 1. Follow the Town of Hilton Head Island's local irrigation ordinance, which prohibits landscape irrigation to no more than two days a week at all times and requires a working rain sensor on all irrigation systems.

  2. According to the Public Service Districts (PSDs), we annually use anywhere from 40 to 60% of our potable water for irrigation of landscape. Using the seven principles of xeriscape can greatly reduce that usage. To learn all about xeriscape, visit Clemson University's Cooperative Extension website at www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/other/landscaping/ and its Carolina Yards sustainable landscape program at https://www.clemson.edu/extension/carolinayards/.

  3. Always have a rain sensor on your irrigation system. This helps to conserve water used for irrigation during wet weather.

  4. Inside your home, don't run the tap while brushing your teeth or hand-washing dishes. Try and shorten shower times and/or install low-flow shower heads. Run the dishwasher and clothes washer only when you have a full load. If you are replacing an appliance that uses water, shop around for the one with the lowest water usage.

  5. Remember that the only thing that should go down storm drains is stormwater. Most of these storm drains run to a surface water body.

  6. Don't flush unused medicines or personal care products. Prescription drugs can be brought to drug drop-off boxes located at the Beaufort County Sheriff's Offices in Beaufort or on Hilton Head Island, or the Beaufort County Government Building in Bluffton. Many pharmacies also offer this service.
For lots of other ideas on water conservation, visit www.dnr.sc.gov/climate/sco/Publications/50_ways_to_save_water.phpexternal link icon.