The current drought in Indianapolis has forced me to evaluate how I use water and search for ways to lessen my water footprint.

Several local communities have instituted water bans or restrictions throughout the Indianapolis Metropolitan area as a result of the states longest dry spell in 104 years. Fifty-five counties have been designated disaster areas by the federal government, and the entire state is suffering some form of drought, with Marion County’s situation labeled as “extreme” by the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report. Many communities are enacting bans on lawn watering and other outdoor activities that require large amounts of water in order to conserve the remaining resources the state has.