Water Conservation Tips
Water Conservation Tips TIPS TO SAVE WATER...AND MONEY Central Texas has been under severe drought conditions for most of the past 10 years. In an effort to conserve water, our precious natural resource, the Lost Creek Neighborhood Association and the Lost Creek MUD are asking all residents to do their part in practicing water conservation. During peak summer months, the MUD delivers over 2 million gallons of water per day to Lost Creek residents. Our wastewater plant only treats about 300,000 gallons per day. This means Lost Creek residents are putting more than a million gallons of water per day on our lawns and into our storm drains. One way everyone can make a difference is by using water wisely both inside and out. Here are a few tips to remember when using water: Irrigation:
•In areas with sufficient topsoil thoroughly saturate the soil profile with deep, infrequent waterings. When this occurs, the roots try to grow to their maximum depth to reach as much of the available water as possible. This will result in a more drought tolerant grass. In the Fall and Spring, evapotranspiration rates will be lower so run-times can be decreased. One time per week or less should be sufficient.
•Use multiple Start times to avoid run-off. Run-off may occur with long run-times on shallow soil or sloping terrain. For example, an area with a watering requirement of 20 minutes per day on each station may best be irrigated with 2 consecutive cycles of 10 minutes per station. This will allow the total amount of water needed by each station to be split up and given time to soak into the soil, rather than being applied all at once and increasing the chance of run-off due to soil saturation.
•Fine tune run-times in increments of 10% Reducing your irrigation water use in increments of 10% is an extremely effective tool in gauging how much water your landscape needs. Water use can be reduced gradually until visible signs of stress. Upon signs of severe stress (some stress may be acceptable), watering should be increased by 10%.
•Check your irrigation system monthly, by running through each station briefly to identify problems or breaks.
•Water slowly for better absorption and never water on windy days.
•Water lawn between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. This maximizes effectiveness and helps to minimize peak usage.
•Angle sprinklers toward your lawn and away from sidewalks, streets and driveways.
•Use drip irrigation for shrub beds, gardens and trees.
•Use Austin-hardy native and adapted plants, because they require little water.
•Harvest rainwater: Collect rainwater in rain barrels and use the rainwater to irrigate plants. This provides an alternative water source and benefits plants more than chemically treated water. Outside
•Wash your car with a bucket of soapy water and use a nozzle to stop the flow of water from the hose between rinsing.
•Clean driveways and sidewalks with a broom instead of the hose.
•Cover a spa or pool to reduce evaporation. An average size pool left uncovered can lose as much as 1,000 gallons of water per month; also check your spa/pool for leaks and have them repaired promptly.
•Only run your dishwasher when it is full to make the best use of water, energy and detergent.
•When purchasing a new appliance, look for one offering several different cycles. This will allow you to select more energy- and water-efficient cycles when heavy- duty cleaning is not required.
•Wait until you have a full load of laundry before running the machine to save both water and energy.
•Insulate your hot water pipes and your electric heater. Insulation will reduce the amount of time it takes for hot water to reach the tap, saving water and energy. Showers and Faucets
•Take a quick shower rather than a bath and save an average of 20 gallons of water.
•Turn off the water while brushing teeth or shaving and save more than 5 gallons per day.
•Clean vegetables in a sink or pan partially filled with water rather than running water from the tap. Reuse the water vegetables are washed in for watering house plants or for cleaning.
•Don't rinse dishes before loading dishwasher and save an average of 20 gallons per load.
•Install an ultra-low flow toilet that requires only 1.6 gallons of water per flush.
•Check toilets frequently for leaks and repair them promptly.
•Don't use the toilet as a trash can.
•Install a low-flow shower head and save an average of 2 gallons per minute.
For more tips, visit the City of Austin Conservation website
By working together, we can all do our part to conserve and protect our water resources.