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OUR OPINION: Do your part to help conserve water this summer

Despite good showers over the past few days, our area is still in the middle of one of the worst droughts in recent history.

Alabama Power is raising rates, saying the droughts are affecting their energy production at dams. Farmers are worried about exactly what kind of crops they are going to have. And individuals are watching as their yards slowly die.

The long-term threats are that water sources will get dangerously low for some areas.

The heat is also taking its toll on older persons and on workers who find most of their time spent outdoors.

But everyone can do their part to help fight the drought conditions and conserve water.

Be conscious of the amount of water you are using for bathing, washing your hands and brushing your teeth.

Catch only the water you need for washing dishes.

Water your yard sparingly, if at all.

Let extravagances, such as swimming pools, take a back seat to necessities.

Conserve water when cooking.

Turn off your ice maker when you do not need it.

In the end, if everyone will do the little things they can, it will make a large impact on the big picture.