Water Conservation Information
EASY WATER CONSERVATION TIPS
Water Wisely - Collect rainwater for outdoor use, instead of tap water, during the peak summer months, and you can save up to 1,300 gallons of water. Lawn and garden
watering make up nearly 40 percent of total household water use during these hot months.
- Watering your lawn in the morning saves water from being evaporated by the midday heat and reduces your water bill, too! Use drip irrigation where possible.
- When needed, water your lawn one inch, once a week. Place a 6-ounce tuna can on your lawn and stop watering when it's full.
Use Native Plants - Plants that are native to Texas aren't only beautiful; they typically require less water, pesticides, fertilizers, and maintenance saving you time and money.
Check Faucets and Toilets for Leaks - If every household fixed just one leaky faucet, we could reduce water use in Texas by more than 13 billion gallons a year!
- A faucet leaking at a rate of one drop per second can waste up to 1,660 gallons of water per year.
- Check your toilet by using a leak-detection dye tablet; otherwise, you could be wasting about 200 gallons of water a day. A leaky toilet can waste about 73,000 gallons per year.
- Fixing hot-water leaks can save up to $35 per year in utility bills.
Install New Toilets, Showerheads, Faucets, and Faucet Aerators - Installing a water-efficient showerhead, or other water-efficient plumbing fixtures, can reduce water consumption by 25% to 60% and save energy. Installing faucet aerators will cut in half the amount of water used by each faucet. Look for the Water Sense label to help you find high-performing, water efficient products.
- Replacing older toilets with water-efficient toilets can save 9,000 gallons of water a year.
Use Less Water - Turn off the water faucet while brushing your teeth and save up to 4 gallons of water per minute. Try a shorter shower and save up to 4 gallons for every minute you cut back.
Wash Full Loads of Laundry - Washing only a full load, as opposed to a partial load, of laundry can save an average household more than 3,400 gallons of water each year.
- Need a new clothes washer? Look for an Energy Star qualified model, which typically uses 35% to 50% less water and 50% less energy per load.
An Energy Star dishwasher is about 25% more efficient than a conventional one, and will save about 800 gallons of water per year.
Make certain to always comply with your water systems water-use restrictions.
Thank you for doing your part to conserve water.