From the City of Irving Water Utilities Department: According to the Texas State Water Plan, our existing water sources will meet only 75 percent of the projected water demand by the year 2060. That is why it’s critical to use water resources more efficiently to prevent shortages. Although water use varies with the time of day and season of the year, peak consumption is in the spring and summer particularly when families arrive home in the late afternoon. With the hot Texas summer approaching, here are some important water conservation tips to keep in mind.
Pay attention to dripping sounds and fix leaky toilets
- Don’t let the water run continually when shaving or brushing teeth
- Take showers instead of baths; More efficient shower heads use less water
- When washing dishes, don’t let the water run while rinsing; Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water
- Rinse vegetables in a pan of cold water
- Use the garbage disposal sparingly
- Don’t over-water plants; collect rainwater or recycle fish tanks water to water plants; check sprinklers frequently for proper operation and contact water department for free irrigation check-up
- Do not water the lawn during any form of precipitation
- Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning hours, when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter
- Use mulch around plants and trees to reduce evaporation
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways or sidewalks
- Run washing machines and dishwashers only when full
- Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around pumps
- Plant in spring or fall when watering requirements are lower
- Upgrade showerheads to water efficient models
- Replace old toilets with a low-flow toilet that uses 1.6 gallons per flush or less
- Install faucet aerators to cut sink water consumption
- Check the water meter and monthly bills to track water usage
Remember, watering is prohibited from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting on April 1.
For more information on all these conservation options or to schedule a home water audit, call (972) 721-2281.