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Water Conservation

When it comes to water conservation, just a few minor changes in our habits can really add up!

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Water Conservation Tips

Inside the Home

  • Never use any more water than necessary to complete a task.
  • Fix leaks on faucets, sinks, and toilets.
  • Take short showers instead of baths.
  • Turn off water while brushing teeth or shaving.
  • Install low-flow showerheads and toilets.
  • Keep a container of cold water in the refrigerator instead of waiting for water to cool from faucet.
  • Fill sink halfway to rinse produce instead of rinsing one at a time under running water.
  • Wash dishes by hand by filling one side of the sink with soapy water for washing and the other side with clear water for rinsing instead of using a dishwasher.
  • If you must use a dishwasher, always be sure to have a full load before running a cycle.
  • When washing clothes, only run the washer with a full load. If running a small load, be sure to select the correct water level.
  • When cleaning or emptying a fish tank, use the old water to irrigate houseplants or outdoor landscaping.

Outside the Home

  • Swimming pools should be covered when not in use so water does not evaporate.
  • Water lawns only when needed at the first signs of wilt. (When the grass blades fold together or the grass does not immediately spring back up when walked on.)
  • Water early in the morning or late at night to prevent evaporation under our hot Texas sun.
  • Never water on windy days – this causes water to evaporate more quickly.
  • Use a drip irrigation system for shrubbery and flower beds.
  • Water hoses should have a trigger nozzle.
  • Use mulch around trees, plants, and gardens to retain moisture.
  • Save rain water for plants. A rain barrel is a great option.
  • Use a timer when watering lawns to prevent over-watering and run-off.
  • When using a sprinkler, be sure to adjust the spray to water only where needed for vegetation and not on sidewalks or paving.
  • Instead of hosing down sidewalks and driveways, sweep or use a leaf blower.
  • After washing your vehicle, use the leftover water on plants or lawns.