Water Conservation

Water is our most precious and natural resource. How we manage it today will affect nearly every aspect of our future.

Too many of us think that our water supply is endless. But we simply cannot afford to waste any water.

It’s easy for each of us—young and old—to save water every day. The good news is there are lots of simple ways to reduce the amount of water that we use at home, both inside and outside. If we all work together, we can make a difference for our future.

Reason #1: Without fresh water you will die in just a few days. Plain and simple, no sugar coating, it is a simple morbid fact that helps drive the point across, water equals life.

Reason #2: Using less water keeps money in your pocket. By utilizing basic water conservation techniques you are able to save thousands of gallons of water each year.

Reason #3: Protecting our natural eco-systems from further damage is critical, especially for the survival of some endangered species. The oceans, streams and lakes that are the lifeblood of so many local eco-systems are used as dumping grounds, hurting everything that relies on these water sources.

Reason #4: Conserving water can also save energy. In order to pump the water from a central facility into your home or office, energy is required to run that equipment.

Reason #5: In areas prone to sinkholes, water conservation can actually reduce the occurrence of sinkholes. When the natural aquifers run low, it leaves a gap where water once was.

Reason #6: The ability to supply enough water is one the most critical factors to economic development of an area. The inability to do so can squeeze the life out of a community or region.

Using simple water conservation techniques can help cut your water usage by more than half. If you commit just a little extra effort each day you alone can make a difference. Whether you try your hand at xeriscaping or just use a low flow shower head you can see reduced water bills within the first month.

Follow these links to facts and easy tips for both indoors and outdoors to start saving water (and money) every day.

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For information on Low Impact Development such as rain gardens and rainwater harvesting, check out:

* We strongly urge you to check with your HOA (and their Architectural Committee) before adopting any these projects.

The Go Texas program by the Texas Dept. of Agriculture offers information on plants that are Native to Texas. These are good because typically native plants require less water. After you have gone to the site at: http://www.gotexan.org/Publications/Directories,GuidesandBrochures.aspx, you can expand the Horticulture Publications section by clicking on the small circle/plus sign icon on the same line to the right. The brochures are in pdf file format. Among others, you want to look at the Texas Superstars, Earth-Kind, Landscape Guidance and Turf Grass.

The TWDB Kids Web site serves as the gateway to K-12 conservation education resources. The web site also features visualization, interactive games, and other activities to help students learn about key conservation concepts. http://www.twdb.texas.gov/conservation/education/kids/