Conservation Tips

How to be water wise at home

  • Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save up to 2 gallons per minute.  That's over 220 gallons a week four a family of four.  Plug the sink instead of running the water to rinse your razor and save up to 200 gallons a month.
  • A faucet leaking at a rate of one drop per second can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water a year.
  • Reducing a 10-minute shower using a standard showerhead to 5 minutes will save 12.5 gallons of water in each occasion.
  • Install more efficient fixtures.  A water-efficient showerhead can save the average family 2,900 gallons of water and $70 in energy and water costs a year.
  • Water-efficient toilets can save up to 13,000 gallons of water a year.  If your toilet flapper doesn't close properly after flushing, repair it.
  • Save up to 3,400 gallons of water a year by washing laundry only when the machine is full.
  • Using a water-efficient dishwasher will save about 3,870 gallons of water over its lifetime.
  • Water Wisely: Avoid watering your lawn or garden in the middle of the day.  Watering before dawn and after dusk allows for water to be absorbed instead of evaporating in midday heat.
  • Store and use rainwater.  By collecting rainwater from just 10 percent of the residential roof area in Texas, we could conserve more than 32 billion gallons of water annually.

Below is a downloadable handout for the information provided.  It is in English and Spanish please share this information with friends, neighbors, and family.