Water Conservation

Water is precious commodity in Abilene, TX. With an average rainfall of less than 24 inches each year, water will continue to be an issue impacting Abilenians. As water becomes increasingly scarce, it is important to protect and conserve our limited resources.

Water conservation starts with you!

  • Water Facts:

    • Every day the United States uses more than 380 billion gallons of water.

    • The average American uses 140-170 gallons of water a day.

    • You use five gallons of water by leaving the sink running while brushing your teeth.

    • More than half of all residential water is used for landscaping.

    • A dripping faucet can waste up to 2,000 gallons of water a month.

    • Each glass of water at a restaurant takes two glasses to wash it.

  • How can you help?

    • Use xeriscaping and native plants in your landscaping.

    • Use containers to catch and use rainwater. (INFO ABOUT RAIN BARRELS)

    • Run dishwashers and washing machines only with full loads.

    • Turn off the faucet when brushing teeth or shaving.

    • Take shorter showers.

    • Use a broom to clean sidewalks, driveways, and parking areas.

    • Review monthly water bills to uncover possible leaks or over-consumption.

    • Use toilets only to carry away sanitary waste.

    • Adjust irrigation schedules with weather in mind.

    • Adjust or replace sprinkler heads to eliminate the spraying of hard surfaces.

    • Examine irrigation systems for leaks.

    • Install drip and other deep-water irrigation systems.

    • Display water conservation signage in all public restrooms.

    • Regularly inspect, maintain, and repair cooling systems.

    • Install water-efficient appliances and fixtures.

    • Use treated effluent to control dust on construction sites.

    • Promote the use of native and low-water-use plants at work.

    • Track your business’s monthly water use to identify any changes.

  • Calculate your Water Footprint!

    Answer a few basic questions about your household and get an idea of your daily water usage. This calculator is full of helpful tips on how to be more water conscious, provided by the Grace Communications Foundation

    Calculate your water footprint now!