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Conservation Tips for the House

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.