Summer is here-which equals our peak water use season-the time when using water wisely counts the most. For many of us, a drought is hitting home! We hear about it every day in our newspapers and on television.

But, wait a minute…what really IS a drought???? Most of us think that it is merely a lack of rain! But, check this out (http://www.cpc.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/drought_assessment.shtml) and learn what the "experts" say about a drought---

What areas of the U.S. have been declared drought areas? The U.S. Drought Monitor (http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html) shows on a map of the U.S.

Reducing water consumption in response to pleas from water officials is the "right thing" to do! But, aside from taking shorter showers and cutting back your lawn sprinkling, what else can you do?

Certainly, check out our Best Ways to Save and Drought Tips (http://h2ouse.org/action/details/action_elements.cfm?actionID=BD9DA9D3-0CFA-4F05-B3CBFEC63E2EEE57) and our Top 5 Actions (http://h2ouse.org/action/top5.cfm) under Take Action (http://h2ouse.org/action/index.cfm). Go Now!

Today, we've compiled some tips from a variety of other sources that may help you save water AND cut your water bill in the process---

    From the folks in the Southwest, here are 100 excellent tips for reducing water use inside and outside your home (http://wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/index.php).

    Now, the people at Consumers Reports magazine (who provide you with those great product evaluations in their monthly magazine), have also developed a list of 50 water-saving actions that you can take (http://greenerchoices.org/products.cfm?product=50ways&pcat=homegarden).

    Watch this 3-minute video on water saving measures for the home (http://www.greenworks.tv/individual_family/water.htm) (click on one of the "View" options).

    The experts in Pennsylvania have many solid recommendations on saving water around your home as well (http://www.puc.state.pa.us/water/water_tips.aspx).

    Finally, involve your children in water conservation through games, puzzles, education, and other activities. Go to the "Water for Kids" website (http://www.epa.gov/water/kids.html) from the Environmental Protection Agency.