Summer is here and the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Water/Wastewater Program would like to remind the community to be mindful of their water usage.

Within the past two weeks, our program has seen a sharp increase in water usage within the districts; water consumption has risen to almost double its usual rate.

Heatwaves impact many things around us: the air we breathe, the plants we grow, and the ground we walk on; even our moods can be affected. People use water as a way to deal with extreme heat, from gardening to washing to playing in and more. Fortunately, there are several easy ways to save water in the summer heat without sacrificing your sanity.

Some ways to practice common-sense water usage are:
1. Water during off-peak hours. Water your garden in the evening and for a set amount of time. Utilize timers for lawn sprinklers.
2. Repurpose water. Water from children’s swimming pools, pet drinking water, and even cooled-down cooking water be used for grass or plants.
3. Don’t leave water running. Turn off your faucet when your brushing your teeth and/or don’t let your lawn sprinklers run all day.
4. Make sure toilets and taps are shut off completely.

The Water/Wastewater Program encourages mindfulness of water usage so our water plants do not need to meet unnecessary demands for safe potable drinking water. Our goal is to help every home maintain a safe environment.