Water Conservation Successes
- All across Texas, entities are using innovation and advanced technology to conserve water.
- The Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso used native plants and drought tolerant landscaping to cut water usage by 90%!
- The North Texas Municipal Water District came up with an innovative strategy in order to meet the water-supply demands of a growing population in and around the Dallas Area.
- Through state and local partnerships, 27 water suppliers in danger of running out of water have been able to extend their water supplies.
- The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has approved a water right permit to construct and maintain a dam and reservoir to be known as Lake Ralph Hall. This is the first major reservoir permit, not directed by the legislature, to be approved in more than 25 years.
Do Your Part to Conserve Water
- Water your yard thoroughly, but only as needed—usually no more than 1 inch, once a week.
- Use drip irrigation for plants and gardens, and water early in the morning to minimize evaporation.
- Collecting rainwater for landscape use is great for the plants and can save you water and money.
- Install aerators to cut in half the amount of water used by each faucet.
- Fix faucet leaks, which can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water a year.
- Install water-efficient plumbing fixtures to reduce water consumption by 25% to 60% and save energy.
- Check your toilet by using a leak-detection dye tablet. Leaks can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day.
- Replace older toilets with water-efficient models and save up to 4,000 gallons of water a year.
- Washing only full loads of laundry can save an average household more than 3,400 gallons of water each year.
- Invest in an ENERGY STAR-qualified clothes washer, which typically uses 50% less water and 30% less energy per load.
Visit our interactive house where you can discover more ways to conserve water and energy, keep our air and water clean, and reduce waste.
TCEQ Commissioners Discuss the Drought
Texas Water Conservation PSAs
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