In The Kitchen
- Run the dishwasher only when you have a full load of dirty dishes.
- Keep a container of cold water stored in the refrigerator for drinking.
- Wash fruits and vegetables in a pan of water, then recycle the water on your potted plants.
- Repair leaking faucets.
In The Bathroom
- Take shorter showers or turn down the water pressure in the faucet.
- Retrofit plumbing with new low-flow water fixtures.
- Place a plastic bottle in older toilet tanks to reduce the water volume level.
- Do not flush items such as bugs, facial tissue, cigarette butts, or other trash down the toilet.
- Do not fill the tub all the way.
- Repair toilets that “run” continuously.
In The Laundry Room
- Wash clothes only when you have a full load of dirty laundry.
- Consider new front loading washing machines that use ½ as much water as traditional clothes washers.
- Wash delicate clothes by hand or on a low water use cycle.
Outside The House
- Fill swimming pools at lower levels to avoid water loss.
- Irrigate lawns during the early morning hours or late in the evening.
- Zone or group plants together that require same amounts of water.
- Use native plants that adapt well to Texas summers (Xeriscape Gardening).
- Consider using rocks, wooden decking, and patio fixtures to reduce lawn areas.
- Adjust automatic sprinklers to turn off when it rains.
- Reset automatic sprinklers when summer heat ends.
- Cover hot tubs when not in use to reduce evaporation.
- Install modern landscape devices, such as drip irrigation, that applies water at the plant root level.
- Mow grass at taller heights when the summer sun becomes intense.
- Use decorative fountains that recycle water and discontinue use during hot summer months.
- Turn off the hose while washing the car or use a bucket of clean water.
- Do not allow water to run down sidewalks, driveways, or out into the street.
- Design flower beds that are heavily mulched that require less water than normal grasses and turfs.
- When installing new landscape, consider newer species such as Buffalo Grass, that require less water than St. Augustine and Bermuda.