When it comes to water conservation, just a few minor changes in our habits can really add up!
Water Conservation Tips
- Texas Water Development Board’s Water IQ website
- A Watering Guide for Texas Landscapes – Texas Water Development Board [PDF]
- City of Rosenberg Water Conservation Plan [PDF]
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.