Imagine you are sitting at your kitchen table sporting your bathrobe and fuzzy slippers while sipping coffee. You scan the front page of your local newspaper and a story on water conservation grabs your attention. But this story is different. It’s not just providing water saving tips, its naming names.
Your name. And address. And the exact amount of water your household used last year.
Is releasing this information and attempting to “shame” users into water conservation practices legal? In many states including Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Texas, Georgia and Florida, it is not only legal, but it is public information. Many times, these so-called “Hydro Hogs” names are published in local media outlets, on TV stations and online for everyone to read.
In many instances, having a large municipal water bill is understandable and can be attributed to expansive properties such as resorts, sports stadiums or public water parks. But many homeowners’ names fill these public lists and even though they may be large homes, there are multiple ways you can adopt preventive measures.
You can install efficient, or dual flush toilets and low-flow showerheads, check your home for leaks using the meter test and wash your car and water your lawn sparingly.
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