Water Works: How to Save on Household Use

As the 2011 Drought continues, many water restrictions are being put in place. As residents and businesses are being ask to conserve, many of our Newschannel 6 facebook friends are asking who the restrictions affect Castaway Cove Waterpark.

The waterpark uses an average of 17,000 gallons a day, according to the City of Wichita Falls. However, that figure includes gallons from the first of year fill-up. That happened well before the drought was making headlines.

The park uses the bulk of fresh water for things like cleaning and restrooms. "We have to replenish some of the water in the pools because we have evaporation and we have restrooms and attendance has been so good I think its been used a little bit heavier this year," said Marketing Director Ed Michel.

Still the park is cutting back. "For example we might have used a hose to wash down the sidewalks every day, well now we might be doing that every other day or half of it every other day, so were trying to do our part as much as we can," Michel said.

While the park may use quite a bit of water, one might be surprised at how much the average person uses each day. According to the American Water Works Association, average per capita daily use is nearly 70 gallons. That estimate is on the low end of other published figures.

The Association says that if people installed water-efficient devices in their homes, it could save billions of gallons a day nationwide. Click on the above link for more information.

Paul Harrop, Newschannel 6