The more you save, the less you pay PLUS our water supply lasts longer!
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In the Bathroom:
- Be careful about what you flush.
- No wipes, paper towels, diapers or trash should ever be flushed down the toilet.
- Take shorter showers.
- Turn off the tap while you soap, shampoo, brush your teeth and shave.
Around the House:
Wear clothes a couple of times before you wash them. If they don’t have stains or visible dirt you can wear:
- shirts 1 or 2 times
- jeans 4 or 5 times
- jackets 5 or 6 times
Only run your washing machine and dishwasher when they’re full and don’t over-soap to reduce the amount of rinsing you need.
- Only two tablespoons of detergent will clean 12 pounds of clothes!
- Defrost food in the refrigerator instead of under running water.
- There’s also no need to rinse meat from the store before using.
- Use a smaller amount of water to boil pasta—it totally works!
In the Yard:
- Use a broom to clear leaves and grass clippings from your sidewalks and porches, instead of a hose.
- Put the clippings around your flowers and shrubs as mulch.
- Learn about composting and give it a try to reduce evaporation from your topsoil.
- Learn about rainwater harvesting to reuse water for gardening, pools and more.
- Consider zeroscaping and plant drought resistant, native plants and succulents. You’ll have some beautiful landscaping and save time on maintenance, too.
A Few More Tips:
- Find and fix leaks on your property. Repair running toilets and dripping faucets to protect your home, save you money and save water.
- Think about how you use water outside of your home, too. Use the same rules to wash your hands or flush the toilets around town. All the water comes from the same place, so it’s all precious!
Other Conservation Links:
Texas Water Development Board
Texas Living Waters Project