Water is both abundant and rare. We are surrounded by it as it makes up 70 percent of our planet. Yet less than 1 percent of that water – all the water from our lakes, streams, and rivers – is fresh. And without it, we would cease to exist.
Click here to visit the West Harris County Regional Water Authority website for ways to save both water and money at home. Click here for information about the Association of Water Board Directors’ Water Smart program.
The Water Smart program seeks to encourage each of us to learn about and take responsibility for water conservation. Here are some simple tips for conserving water:
Inside the Home
- Wash only full loads of clothes and dishes
- Never leave water running while brushing your teeth
- Repair leaky fixtures such as faucets and toilets
Outside the Home
- Water plants and yard only when necessary. Comply with designated watering restrictions if any are in effect
- Inspect sprinkler systems often for broken sprinkler heads and leaks
- Never water or use sprinklers during the heat of the day
- Introduce native plants to your property and consider using Xeriscape methods
- Postpone washing your vehicle. If feasible, wash the vehicle on your lawn, not in the driveway where the runoff will be lost to the storm sewer
Fix All Leaks Promptly!
- Leaks can account for 10% or more of your water bill.
- Need proof? A toilet with a silent leak of one cup of water per minute – a small dribble – can waste about 2,700 gallons per month!