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Ways to Conserve Water
EXAMPLE OF WATER WASTE
- Landscape watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler between the hours of 10am – 6pm.
- Failure to repair a leak or broken/misdirected sprinkler head.
- Watering of an impervious surface, like a driveway or sidewalk.
- Allowing water to run off into a street, gutter, ditch, alley or storm drain.
- Water during or shortly after a rain.
- Overwatering or watering more than twice a week.
- Not following other drought guidelines by your water supplier.
WHAT CAN I DO?
- Check your sprinklers often for directional aim and broken heads, and redirect, repair or replace them as necessary.
- Use sprinklers that spray large drops of water close to the ground rather than a fine mist over the top.
- Install an automatic sensor that shuts off your sprinkler system whenever it freezes, rains or is unusually windy.
- Operate your sprinkler system manually, for more control over when and how much you water.
- Use a drip irrigation system or soaker hoses rather than sprinklers to water trees, shrubs and garden beds.
- Plant water-wise plants native to North Texas (for ideas, check the lists of recommended native plants from the Native Plant Society of Texas – North Central Chapter or the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Native Plant Information Network.
- Raising the lawnmower blade and cutting grass to a height of 3 inches shades the soil, which reduces evaporation and allows roots to grow deeper.
- Leaky indoor faucets tend to get your attention, but don’t forget to check outside spigots, pipes and hoses for leaks, and repair or replace as needed.
- Install low-flow toilets and showerheads throughout your house (if your current shower can fill a one-gallon bucket within 20 seconds, then it should be replaced).
- Wash dishes in the dishwasher rather than by hand. Don’t waste water pre-rinsing dishes, and run the dishwasher only with a full load.
- Invest in an energy-efficient clothes washer, adjust the water level to your load size, and run the washer only with a full load.
- Turn off the water while you shave, and rinse your razor in a plugged sink rather than under a running faucet.
- Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, or washing your face or hands.
Water is a finite resource, but there are infinite ways to save. Do your part by making smart water choices part of your daily routine. Every day is a chance to save — waste water, waste money.
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