It’s easy to make the case for saving water in a drought, but how can we make those conservation habits last?
Nearly every summer it seems like each square mile of Texas is impacted by some level of drought. Oftentimes that drought can be exceptional, which is defined by “widespread crop and pasture losses, exceptional fire risk, shortages of water in reservoirs, streams and wells causing water emergencies.”
During times like these, when the problem is severe and staring you right in the face, it’s relatively easy to start making changes in our personal habits to save water—the evidence of the problem is literally right outside your door. The lawn is brown and crunchy. The lake is low. And the sun is scorching and unrelenting.
Then what happens when we get a decent amount of rainfall? Suddenly the lawn’s greener. The lake levels look a little better. There are clouds in the sky, and it just might rain AGAIN today!
It might be tempting to let the water run longer, or to take that luxurious shower, or leave the tap open while brushing your teeth. But is this a responsible way to Take Care of Texas and conserve our natural resources? Clearly, it’s not.
Instead of being reactionary and adjusting our habits only when the occasion arises—and the occasion will arise again and again —how do we make our water conservation habits permanent? Here are some ways to turn your water-saving efforts into lifelong habits.