According to Oregon Public Radio, 2013 was Oregon’s driest year on record, and it is likely that Oregon will be in an official drought by summer time. For California, this is already true, with over 62% of the state currently in an extreme drought situation. As of now, Oregon is not far behind. We must conserve water now to keep our water supply at a level that will prevent severe water shortage during this dry period. Please be mindful of your water use. Limit showers to once a day, 5 minutes each. OR: Turn off the water while you lather your hair. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth, washing your hands, and scrubbing dishes. Stop watering your lawn. If you MUST water (fire prevention only), water for 3 minutes, at night, once weekly. Do not throw away paper cups from food venues until you have dumped the ice into a plant. (This returns potable water to the water cycle instead of letting it waste in a landfill.) Reuse cooking water to water your plants. Flush the toilet less. Install low-flow showerheads (or toilets!) Wash dishes in the dishwasher, and only when it is full. Scrub dishes rather than use a lot of water to rinse. And avoid excessive rinsing by soaking dishes. Only run your clothes washer when it is full. Refrain from washing your car. Talk to your neighbors, friends and family about water conservation!