10 Water Conservation Tips to Consider

  1. Water your yard only as needed. One inch once a week is usually adequate!
  2. Consider planting water-efficient and/or native shrubs, trees, and grasses that are drought and heat tolerant and that can survive the minimum winter temperatures in your area.
  3. Use drip irrigation for plants/gardens and water in the morning or evening to cut back on evaporation. Never water on windy days.
  4. Collect rainwater to use for watering landscaping – this is great for plants and also saves you money!
  5. Install aerators on your faucets and shower heads to cut water used on each by half.
  6. Fix leaky faucets, which can waste up to 3,000 extra gallons of water a year. Check for toilet leaks by using a leak-detection dye tablet. These leaks can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day!
  7. Install water-efficient plumbing fixtures to cut back on water consumption by 25 to 60% and save energy.
  8. Replace old toilets with newer water-efficient models and save up to an extra 4,000 gallons of water a year.
  9. Wait to do laundry until you have full loads – this can save an average household more than 3,400 gallons of water a year.
  10. Invest in a washing machine that is Energy Star qualified, typically using 50% less water and 37% less energy per load.
Learn more from the Texas Water Development Board's informative pamphlet!