Some places on earth go years without rain, but here in the PNW we consider it drought when we're dry for a few months. That's what's happening right now, and at my house we are taking measures to conserve water. Ours is a spring-fed well, dependent on rainfall—not on a glacier, river or aquifer.
Here are some of the things we have done to conserve:
1. I was planning to replace our emergency water supply this summer, but I replaced only a portion of it. If we ever need the remainder for drinking, we can purify it.
2. We have placed dishpans in the laundry tub and in the kitchen sink. Water from washing hands and dishes adds up to quite a bit. It is surprising to find how much water we run just to get it hot for washing or cold for drinking. All this is carried out to the garden.
3. It has always seemed creepy to me to use a sink or tub that doesn't drain properly, but now I am stopping the tub and saving my shower water. How did I overcome the creepy feeling? By imagining that I am standing in the pool beneath a waterfall.
And if necessary, I'm sure our imaginations will discover other ways to save water.