Annually, household leaks account for 1 trillion gallons of wasted water nationwide. Fix a Leak Week, March 14-20, is bringing awareness to the
importance of conserving water by fixing leaks. We’re celebrating Fix a Leak Week by helping our readers learn how to easily identify and repair common household leaks.
Three Common Leaks and Their Causes
- Toilet leaks are often caused by a worn or faulty toilet flapper.
- Worn faucet washers and gaskets are frequently the culprits in faucet leaks.
- Shower heads often leak because of a loose connection between the shower head and the pipe stem.
How to Identify and Repair Common Leaks
Check out our blog for simple instructions on identifying and repairing common leaks. If you try to repair your fixtures and they still leak, you may need to replace them. Check out WaterSense labeled products when replacing your fixtures. Over their lifetime, they will save tens of thousands of gallons of water and thousands of dollars.
Rebates on WaterSense Products
You may be eligible for a rebate on a WaterSense product. Check out the Take Care of Texas website for more information.
March typically marks the beginning of peak wildflower blooming season in Texas. These beautiful Texas treasures can be found across the state and attract many visitors each year.
Is it illegal to pick bluebonnets? Texans commonly hear this, but is it true or a Texas myth? Find out on our blog.
Three Things to Do Now
So You Can Save Water This Summer
Large sections of Texas are recovering from exceptional or extreme drought and, currently, about 25 percent of the state is experiencing some level of drought. These conditions are likely to get worse as summer approaches. Here are three things you can do now to help prepare for the summer.
Install and Maintain Rain Barrels
Now is a great time to install or perform routine maintenance on rain barrels. Rain
barrels help conserve water by harvesting rain, which can be used instead of
municipal or well water. Also, rainwater is better for your plants because it is free
of salts and other minerals that harm root growth.
Use Mulch to Save Water
Mulch is a chemical-free, protective ground covering, which saves water and money by conserving the soil’s moisture. It also inhibits weed growth, prevents erosion, and moderates soil temperature.
Water the ground thoroughly before and after applying mulch. Put a layer of mulch around trees and shrubs, but avoid piling it against the trunks and stems as this will cause disease and pest infestation. After settling, the mulch layer should be 4 inches deep around trees and 2 inches deep around shrubs. Check
out our helpful guide, Mulching
for more information.
Ozone Season is Here
Ozone season, the time when we see the highest levels of
ozone, starts between March and May in many parts of our state. During ozone season, the TCEQ provides Ozone Action Day
forecasts for nine metropolitan areas of Texas. The TCEQ typically informs
the public one day in advance when conditions are forecasted to be favorable for
high ozone levels. You can take these steps to
help reduce ozone formation in your area:
- Limit driving and idling; instead, carpool,
walk, or use public transportation.
- Refuel in late afternoon or evening and don’t
top off the tank.
- Maintain yard equipment and use tools without
- Don’t burn yard waste.
Learn more by checking out our publication, Ozone: