With booming populations, prolonged droughts and increased demand on a limited supply of water, it is more important than ever for each of us to use water wisely and efficiently to make sure our supplies last.
An average family uses 60-80 gallons of household water per person per day. Luckily, there are many ways each of us can conserve and use water wisely every day. Here’s a sample of smart, simple choices you can make whenever and wherever you use water — outdoors or indoors. Tour the interactive High Water IQ Home for more water-saving tips.
Sign up for WaterMyYard.org and learn how much water is just enough for your yard each week.
Water your yard deeply (about 1 inch) and infrequently (about once a week).
Water only before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. to minimize evaporation.
Run your sprinklers in short cycles to allow the grass to absorb water and reduce runoff. Learn to Cycle and Soak.
If you use a sprinkler system, make sure you’re using it effectively and efficiently.
Raise your lawnmower blade and cut the grass to a height of 3 inches to shade the soil. This reduces evaporation and allows roots to grow deeper
Check outside spigots, pipes and hoses for leaks, and repair or replace as needed.
Plant native plants to North Texas to reduce the amount of water your landscape requires. Learn more about proper landscape practices from the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.
Go to the Landscaping and Foundation Tips page to learn more about saving water outdoors.
Install low-flow toilets, shower heads, and faucets throughout your house.
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 clothes 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 and washing your face or hands.
Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Texas A&M System. (August 16, 2012). It's easy to stop wasting water at home. In Water Education in Texas. Retrieved from http://agrilife.org/drought/your-home/