Conservation makes common and economic sense for all of us. Please check out the links below and learn how to save money while also conserving precious resources:
Outdoor Water Conservation
- In the summer, outdoor water use can account for 50-80% of home use water.
- Much of the water used outdoors is wasted through inefficient landscape watering practices.
- One inch of water once a week should be sufficient for most lawns
- Over-watering turf will encourage a short root system that is not drought tolerant.
- Water in early morning or late evening during hot summer months.
- Harvest rain water into a barrel for future watering.
- Taller grass holds moisture better and encourages deeper roots.
- Do not cut grass more than 1/3 of its length at one time.
- Use 1-3 inches of mulch around landscaping.
- Apply fertilizer in the spring and fall. Do not use too much fertilizer to avoid run off and pollution.
- Add organic matter to improve landscape soil for water retention.
- Turn off decorative fountains on windy days and during droughts.
- Plant water efficient, well-adapted, drought tolerant native shrubs and trees.
- Use drought tolerant groundcover instead of grass in narrow, sloping area or close to pavement.
- Drip irrigation is the most efficient method of landscape watering.
- Use a sprinkler that produces large drops close to the ground. If you can, use a timer to turn off sprinklers.
- Adjust automatic sprinkler settings often, don't set in the spring and leave it all season.
- Install rain shut-off devices to prevent watering in the rain.
- Reduce the run time of sprinklers on shrubs and shady areas.
- Once a month, run sprinklers for a short time on each cycle while you are home to make sure they are working properly.
- If you wash your car at home, use a bucket of soapy water and a hose nozzle that shuts off the water while you scrub.
Indoor Water Conservation
Per capita water use in Texas averages 164 gallon per person per day. Making a habit of conservation makes sense and protects the water resources of both current and future Texans.
- Toilets are the single largest water users in the home. Leaky toilets can waste 200 gallons per day. It is estimated that nearly 20% of all toilets leak. High efficiency toilets use less than 1.3 gallons per flush.
- A 5 minute shower users 1-25 gallons. A full bathtub requires up to 70 gallons of water.
- Faucet sink aerators are a simple cost-effective way to save water.
- Washing machines with high-efficiency rating use 35-55% less water and 50% less energy.
- Dishwasher with a high-efficiency rating use 4.5-7% gallons per load.
- Restaurants that serve water by request can only save a significant amount of water.
- Don't wait to fix leaks.