Saving Water Indoors


Indoors, the average family uses...


Save water in the bathroom.

  • Replace older toilets with low-flow models to save up to 50%
  • Install water-saving showerheads that use 2.5 gallons per minute or less.
  • Install water-saving aerators on bathroom faucets.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 4 gallons a minute.
  • Take a 5 minute shower or a 6-inch-deep bath.

Save water in the kitchen & laundry.

  • Install water-saving aerators on kitchen faucets.
  • When washing dishes by hand, use a sink full of soapy water.
  • Cook food in as little water as possible to retain more nutrients and save water.
  • Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or use the defrost on the microwave instead of running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods.


Saving Water Outdoors


Forty percent (40%) of our drinking water is used for landscape irrigation, making outdoor water conservation a top priority. Following these tips will maximize the effectiveness of outdoor watering at your residence or business, while also minimizing waste.

  • Water lawns during the early morning when temperature and wind speed are the lowest to reduce evaporation and prevent waste from high winds.
  • Use a rain gauge to measure the amount of rain or irrigation the yard receives.
  • Choose drought-tolerant plants when landscaping and group plants with similar water needs (known as hydrozoning) together.
  • Use mulch to retain moisture in the soil.

Others Ways to Save

  • Set a good example with your water conservation practices at home, work and anywhere else that uses water.
  • Purchase a rain barrel to capture rainwater for use on your landscape.
  • Encourage your employer to promote water conservation in the workplace.
  • Use commercial carwashes that recycle water.


Additional Information About Water Conservation




Texas Water Development Board
Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts
Texas Groundwater Protection Committee
Groundwater Foundation
American Water Works Association
National Drinking Water Clearinghouse

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