The Summer of 2012 has certainly been wacky in the weather department.  Between record breaking heat waves and severe thunderstorms, each week presents new and existing things to talk about. 

Officials at United Water Toms River are reminding all customers the  importance of water conservation, not just during the hot days - but all year round.

Spokesperson Jane Kunka can't stress the message enough.  When the weather is hot, the risk for drought is very real and increases.  Even with the rain we've seen, it's still not enough to make a dent in the reserves.  Water as we know is a natural resource and we all need to be mindful that it's not an endless supply.

Kunka says "you'll be doing something good for the environment, you'll save money and save energy."

The company has just released their new conservation guide that outlines ways you can take small steps and make big differences.

The guide provides additional information on  protecting the environment, how to order water saving kits for indoors and outdoors and information on how to maintain drought tolerant landscapes.

Kunka says "when inside your home, turn the water off while brushing your teeth, fill up a water pitcher and stick it in the fridge so you don't waste water from the tap and try to make sure your dishwasher and laundry are stocked up so you can get more from the water you  are using."

Outdoor watering is also key during hot times.  Kunka says "follow the ET index from our web site and you will know when you should and shouldn't water.  Installing a rain sensor on sprinklers is also a great way to save."

Some other tips to keep in mind:

Use a water-efficient sprinkler system with a rain shut-off device
Leave grass tall (1 to 3 inches) which helps keep soil moist
Use a broom instead of a hose to clean sidewalks or driveways
Keep cold tap water in the refrigerator instead of running the faucet
Check toilets, faucets and pipes for leaks and repairing them quickly

More water conservation tips can be found at