September in Texas can
be one of the cruelest months when it comes to rain. If you’ve received some
unseasonably wet weather during August, celebrate responsibly by using water in
moderation. Despite some recent spotty showers, most of Texas remains under exceptional
or severe drought
conditions. Cutting water consumption is smart, both financially and environmentally,
and it’s the neighborly thing to do. Some water-wise tips include:
Install smart irrigation for your lawn. Electronically “smart”
irrigation controllers use weather data to calculate and automatically
apply the right amount of water needed by landscape plants.
when it comes to watering. When necessary, limit watering to trees, shrubs, and
foundations which are more susceptible to damage from drought. Find more information on Texas tree
care at Texas A&M.
Practice grasscycling. Allow
grass clippings to remain and decompose after mowing. Cuttings
act as a slow-release fertilizer while helping to retain moisture in the soil.
need less water and fertilizer and often live longer than nonnative species.
Learn more about best practices by ordering
a series of six, FREE Take Care of
Texas landscape guides.
Pour a packet of grape Kool-Aid in the tank of your toilet. If the water
in the toilet bowl turns purple without flushing, you’re slowly leaking water —
and money—down the drain. Fixing a leaky toilet can save about 73,000 gallons a
Turn off the faucet while
brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing, and save up to four gallons a minute.
Take shorter showers,
and/or turn off the shower while lathering. A shut-off valve can be used to
stop the flow of water without affecting the temperature.
Scrape, don’t rinse, the
dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. With modern dishwashers and
detergents, there is no need to "pre-clean."
Compost vegetable scraps rather
than running water and valuable plant materials through the garbage disposal.
Thank you for doing your part
to continue to conserve Texas water —
the most important natural resource for the future of Texas.