Although Texas has recovered from the severe drought of the past few years, conservation is the easiest way to ensure that the state has enough water for future growth. In fact, water conservation is an essential part of the State Water Plan. These tips are from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Do Your Part to Conserve Water
- Water your yard thoroughly, but only as needed—usually no more than one inch, once a week.
- Use drip irrigation for plants and gardens, and water early in the morning to minimize evaporation.
- Collecting rainwater for landscape use is great for the plants and can save you water and money.
- Install aerators to cut in half the amount of water used by each faucet.
- Fix faucet leaks, which can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water a year.
- Install a water-efficient showerhead. It can save the average family 2,900 gallons of water and $70 in energy and water costs a year.
- Check your toilet by using a leak-detection dye tablet. Leaks can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day.
- Replace older toilets with water-efficient models and save up to 4,000 gallons of water a year.
- Washing only full loads of laundry can save an average household more than 3,400 gallons of water each year.
- Invest in an ENERGY STAR-qualified clothes washer, which typically uses about 50% less water and 25% less energy per load.
- Do not let the water run while brushing teeth, shaving, rinsing dishes, etc. Either turn the water off and on, or fill the sink with water while rinsing dishes.