One Drop at a Time Make water conservation an everyday routine. • Install water-saving devices. • Take shorter showers. • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. Biggest indoor water use • Repair plumbing leaks promptly. • Displace water in tanks of older toilets. • Don’t flush trash – toss it in the wastebasket. Don’t leave faucets running. Run dishwashers and clothes washers only when full. The most wasteful water habit we have in cities is often watering our lawns. Lawn Care Tips • Water in the early morning. • Water infrequently and deeply. • Use drip irrigation or soaker hoses. • Collect rainwater to use on gardens. • Landscape with native plants. • Switch to electric or push mowers. • Leave grass clippings in place. Don’t Waste Tap Water through Evaporation • Don’t water on windy days. • Don’t water using a fine mist sprinkler. • Don’t water when water is in short supply. • Don’t water during the heat of the day. Used motor oil from a single oil change can contaminate a million gallons of water... - enough to supply 50 people for one year! Use biodegradable products for house and lawn care. NEVER dispose of cleaners or pesticides in a toilet, sink or storm drain. If all Texas cities conserved water we could save … 1,047,885 - acre-feet per year X 326,000 - gal. per acre foot ___________________ 341,610,510,000 Yes, that’s 341 billion gallons per year! Irrigation - The Biggest User New technologies promise significant water savings but are still costly for many farmers. By 2040, city and industry water demands will surpass agriculture.* * Texas Water Development Board Industry and manufacturing consume10% of our available freshwater. Improved processes could make them more water efficient. We can significantly reduce the need for more reservoirs if we ALL save water NOW! Use water wisely – Even one drop at a time makes a difference.