10 Water Conservation Tips to Consider
- Water your yard only as needed. One inch once a week is usually adequate!
- 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.
- Use drip irrigation for plants/gardens and water in the morning or evening to cut back on evaporation. Never water on windy days.
- Collect rainwater to use for watering landscaping – this is great for plants and also saves you money!
- Install aerators on your faucets and shower heads to cut water used on each by half.
- 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!
- Install water-efficient plumbing fixtures to cut back on water consumption by 25 to 60% and save energy.
- Replace old toilets with newer water-efficient models and save up to an extra 4,000 gallons of water a year.
- Wait to do laundry until you have full loads – this can save an average household more than 3,400 gallons of water a year.
- 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