Conservation is the easiest way to ensure we have enough water for future growth. Water conservation is an essential part to Texas living. Here are 7 easy ways we can each help conserve water.
- Water or irrigate your yard efficiently to save water and maintain a healthy landscape.
- Collecting rainwater for landscape use is great for your plants and can save you water and money.
- Save water by installing low flow showerheads, toilets, and faucets.
- For big savings, fix household leaks. Event those little drips add up.
- Use less water everyday by turning the faucet off while brushing your teeth, reduce your shower time by 5 minutes can save up to 12.5 gallons of water per shower.
- Invest in an Energy Star rated clothes washer will typically use 33% less water.
- Invest in an Energy Star dishwasher will typically use 30% less water.
Not only does it help conserve water but it sure does help save $$ and put it back in your wallet to use on other necessities or savings.
Keep Our Water Clean. Water is an essential part of our lives. We depend on it for recreation, farming, livestock and to operate our businesses. It is up to all of us to help protect our water quality. We encourage each of you to do your part in keep Abilene’s water healthy and protect our most precious natural resource.
- Use fewer pesticides and fertilizers.
- Water efficiently to reduce runoff and erosion. Over watering is a waste and actually hurts your landscaping & grass.
- Use less-toxic cleaning products. It is healthier for your household and just remember what every gets rinsed down the drown or into the street gutter; eventually ends up in your drinking water.
- Collect food scraps, oil and grease. Don’t wash it down the drain where it will clog drains and sewer lines.
- Recycle your used motor oil. The City of Abilene has an environmental recycling center where you can take used motor oil, paint, antifreeze and other chemicals. Don’t rinse it out into the street. It goes down the storm drain, ends up in the lake and in our drinking water.
- Check your automobile and equipment for leaks and spills.
- If you have a septic tank system, be sure to maintain it properly.
- Pick up your pet’s waste.