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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Gov. Parris Glendening has signed an
executive order to reduce water use in state facilities by 10
percent, while encouraging Maryland residents to conserve water in
their daily lives.
With lower-than-normal rainfall so far this year, state officials
are closely monitoring drought conditions and asking residents to
limit their water consumption, Glendening said.
``By protecting our resources we are also protecting our high
quality of life,'' he said.
Under the order, state facility water conservation will be
phased-in, beginning with a usage reduction goal of 7 percent by 2003
and reaching 10 percent by 2010.
The order requires a water-use audit at all state-owned and leased
facilities, including an inventory of all water fixtures and other
State agencies also will be required to submit water conservation
plans to the Maryland Department of the Environment by Oct. 1, 2001,
including the purchase of water-efficient plumbing fixtures and
appliances when new or replacement products are needed.
State officials say 1.4 billion gallons of water are used every
day in Maryland, with the average home using 250 gallons daily.
If Marylanders reduced their water usage by 10 percent, it would
be enough to provide water for 440,000 homes a day.
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