Water Conservation Plan
Smart water management is important to the longevity of a community. We are not currently in a drought, but we encourage residents to be water conscientious. The Texas population is expected to nearly double by 2050 to 54.4 million people! The only way to prepare for tomorrow is to conserve today.
Here are 10 simple ways you can help water conservation efforts in your home:
In the Kitchen
- Only run the dishwasher with a full load.
- Do not pre-rinse your dishes. If you have a high-quality dishwasher it should remove food particles and stains without the need for pre-rinsing.
- Install a water aerator on your kitchen faucet. An aerator allows the water pressure to remain the same but can help to reduce water use by as much as one full gallon every minute.
In the Bathroom
- Never allow the water to run while brushing your teeth.
- Consider getting a low-flow shower head in your bathroom that does not require you having to sacrifice water pressure.
Other Indoor Water Conservation
- Check to make sure all of your pipes are properly insulated. It can take longer for water to heat up if your pipes are not insulated, which results in water running for much longer periods of time.
- Switch to more energy-efficient appliances, like washing machines that load from the front. Front load machines use much less water than top-loading machines and work just as well to clean your clothes.
Saving Water Outside
- Water your lawn and garden as early in the morning as possible to prevent evaporation.
- Put automatic sprinklers on a timer and ensure they are only pointing at areas where plants will be watered.
- When washing your car, use a bucket filled with soap, water, and a sponge rather than running the hose the entire time.