Water Conservation Tips

The Woodlands, water conservation, lawn, grass, water, sprinklers, summer, heat, draught, real estate, home buying, home selling, purchasing, homeThe Woodlands is currently in stage 2 water restrictions, which means The Woodlands Joint Powers Agency is asking for voluntary water restrictions from residents. During the summer months, residential water consumption rises from about 10 million gallons to 35 million gallons per day, which puts a huge strain on the water wells and the supply of groundwater in total.

Over-watering lawns is a huge problem in The Woodlands, and so the WJPA is asking residents to only water twice a week before 4 a.m. (water evaporates less during the night, and this off-puts the water usage from peak daytime hours). Some are predicting that this summer will bring the same severe heat of last year’s draught, so conserving water is extremely important. The WJPA advises residents to acclimate their lawns to reduced watering before the summer season to prevent your lawn from dying of thirst in the heat. Watering less during spring will lengthen the roots of grass, which makes it more resilient during dry months.

The WJPA offers this test: “If a family of four uses more than 40,000 gallons of water during a 60-day summer billing period (with average rainfall), they are irrigating too much.” If you think you could cut back on your water usage, you’re probably right. There are a lot of ways to save water in addition to efficient lawn care, here’s just a few:

  • Turn the water off while you wash dishes, don’t let it run while you scrub.
  • Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
  • Spread mulch around plants to retain moisture.
  • Check if your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in under 20 seconds, and if so, replace the showerhead.
  • Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
  • Reduce the amount of lawn in your yard by planting shrubs and ground covers appropriate to your site and region.
  • Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
  • Avoid water toys that require a constant flow of water.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month.
  • If your dishwasher is new, pre-rinse less. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.
  • Avoid flushing trash or tissues.
  • Use sprinklers that deliver big drops of water close to the ground. Smaller water drops and mist often evaporate before they hit the ground.
  • Turn the water off while you lather your hands.
  • Keep a bucket in the shower to catch water as it warms up or runs, and use that to water plants!

If you are able to incorporate any or all of these tricks into your water use, you’ll make a huge contribution to the community’s need for water conservation, save energy, and lower your household bills.

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