Nothing Can Replace Pure Water, So Conserve It
With the turn of a handle, we get as much as we want, whenever we want it. So it’s easy to take clean water for granted and forget it is a carefully prepared product that must be purchased like any other product. Whether it’s used or wasted, we pay for every drop of water that flows through the meter.
Water is poised to become a more precious commodity in the near future, and although we may not be able to change the amount of water we truly need, we can easily control the amount of water we waste. There are many ways to reduce water waste (and money) by making a few simple changes in our lifestyle. Use the water you need, but please use it efficiently.
Practice water-wise landscaping and start with a plan. Consider soil type, drainage, water availability and views. Assess how the space will be used—for play, entertaining, gardening or storage. Plan areas for different amounts of watering—hand watering, frequent watering, occasional watering and natural rainfall. Develop a plan that can be installed in phases as budget and time permit.
Water efficiently to make every drop count. Watch for signs that plants need water, and then water only when necessary. When you do water, water deeply. This will save water and help plants develop healthier root systems, making them more likely to survive hot summers and cold winters. Water early in the morning when the sun is low and the wind is calmer.
Observe the city of Dallas Twice Weekly Watering Plan. For addresses ending an even number or having no number, water on Sundays and Thursdays; and for addresses ending in an odd number, water on Saturdays and Wednesdays.
Toilets older than 1992 use between three and five gallons per flush. Some very old commodes use up to seven gallons per flush. Installing a new high-efficiency toilet can save more than 4,000 gallons per person per year.
Check toilets for leaks, and repair them promptly. They frequently leak around the flapper valve, wasting 200 gallons or more per day
Take shorter showers and install a low-flow showerhead that dispenses less than three gallons per minute.
Turn off the faucet when brushing teeth or shaving.
For more tips and information go to SaveDallasWater.com.