Save Water

 

ONLINE RESOURCES

Save some money on your monthly bill and help conserve a precious natural resource – WATER!   Here are some of our favorite online resources.

 

Lawn Whisperer

Take Care of Texas

Save Tarrant Water

City of Fort Worth Water Conservation

Texas Water Development Board

Water IQ

EPA Water Sense

Water is Awesome

Water Use It Wisely

SmartScape Landscaping Tips

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Earth-Kind Landscaping – Aggie Horticulture

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Rainwater Harvesting

Project WET – 33 Ways to Conserve Water

Information on water and conservation issues, Texas Water Resources Institute

 

FOR KIDS:

Take Care of Texas Lone Star Activity Book from TCEQ

Catch a Ride on the Water Cycle  coloring book from Water Environment Federation

 

HOW MUCH WATER DO YOU USE?

Home Water Works offers a digital calculator to estimate household water usage. Answers to a few simple questions will get you started in this interactive experience.

Get the whole family involved in water conservation with this activity to track how much water you use in one weekend.

Another great resource is the Water Footprint Calculator.

Need some tips on how to read your water meter?  Check our FAQ page for links to helpful videos.

SAVING WATER INSIDE THE HOME

Bathroom

The bathroom is one of the most widely used rooms in the house, but also a place where you can take the most advantage of water saving tips.

  • Don’t use the toilet to throw away food or trash
  • Consider a low-flow toilet or install a displacement device
  • Check for leaks and make necessary repairs
  • Replace showerhead with one that is water-efficient
  • Take shorter showers
  • Install a faucet aerator to use less water
  • Turn off the water when shaving or brushing teeth; instead fill the sink with hot water

 

Kitchen

  • Wash only full loads of dishes and avoid extra cycles
  • Upgrade to a water -efficient dishwasher
  • Check for leaks and make necessary repairs
  • Do not pre-rinse dishes; scrape instead and soak pots and pans
  • Use garbage disposal only when absolutely necessary
  • When preparing food, use a brush or bowl filled with water to wash vegetables
  • Thaw frozen food in the refrigerator
  • Cook vegetables with a minimum amount of water and save water for soup stock

 

Laundry

  • Do only full loads or change selector on washing machine to match load size
  • Presoak heavily soiled items an use a minimum amount of detergent
  • Check connections for leaks and make necessary repairs
  • Purchase a water-efficient model of washing machine

 

For additional water saving tips for the home check out this video from Grace Communications Foundation.

 

MEMORIAL DAY TAX FREE WEEKEND FOR WATER CONSERVATION PRODUCTS

Texas Senate Bill 1356 from the 84th Legislature adds water-efficient products to the Memorial Day weekend tax-free holiday for Energy Star products.  The sale of water-conserving products or WaterSense products is now exempt from sales tax if the sale takes place from 12:01 am on the Saturday to 11:59 pm on the Monday of Memorial Day weekend.

For the definition of “water-conserving products” and the list of eligible energy-efficient products please see Tax Code Section 151.333 .  More information is available on the Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday page of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website.

The WaterSense label program operated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) aims to make it easy for consumers to find water efficient products such as faucets, aerators, toilets and more.  For more information on this program visit the WaterSense Label page on the EPA website.

How much water could you save by upgrading your appliances and fixtures?  For the typical water use for old and new fixtures and appliances visit the USGS Water Science School.  Don’t forget outdoor water use!   The tax holiday also covers water conservation products like a soaker or drip-irrigation hose, a moisture control for  a sprinkler or irrigation system, or WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers.

How much water could your family save?  See the at home activity “How Much Water Do You Use?” below.

 

 

EPA SPRINKLER SPRUCE-UP

The EPA’s fourth annual Sprinkler Spruce-Up is May 7-8, 2016.  As irrigation season gets underway it’s a perfect time to give your sprinkler system a thorough check or call an irrigation professional to help. Watch the video and follow these four system steps to “spruce up your sprinkler.” Visit the EPA’s website for more tips.

  1. INSPECT all sprinkler heads
  2. CONNECT hoses and pipes well to prevent leaks
  3. DIRECT spray on landscapes not pavement
  4. SELECT a WaterSense labeled irrigation controller and water smarter