Even though approximately 71 percent of the Earth is covered by water, only about 2 percent of that is drinkable. As the population grows, the world’s water resources are being shared by a greater number of people, used to grow even more crops, and required to power expanding cities and neighborhoods.

The reality is that almost everything we do in our day-to-day lives requires water, either directly or indirectly. The human body can’t function without it. Gardens can’t grow without it. Manufacturers can’t produce without it.

Water quantity and quality is a global issue, but there are few regions in the United States of America that feel the impact of water scarcity like Central Texas. We are calling on all Central Texas residents to learn how to better manage our most precious resource. We must learn how to conserve and make better water management choices.

Here are just a few ideas for how you can help conserve water:
• Only use the dishwasher with a full load
• Before washing dishes, scrape them clean instead of rinsing them
• Turn off the bathroom faucet when brushing teeth
• Take quick showers instead of baths
• Install low-flow showerheads
• Install a toilet tank displacement device for reducing water when flushing
• Only use a washing machine with a full load
• Invest in energy-saving appliances
• Collect rainwater for watering
• Install aerators to reduce water usage in faucets
• Plant native flora and drought-resistant landscaping - all homeowners have the right to install a water-efficient landscape
• Adjust sprinklers so that only your lawn is being watered - realign heads that are spraying too high in the air, onto pavement or structures, or into tall grass or shrubs
• Make sure sprinkler heads haven’t been broken or knocked out of alignment
• Use drip irrigation for bedded plants, shrubs, and trees to apply water directly to the roots where it’s needed
• Water your lawn during the early morning hours when temperatures and wind speed are the lowest to reduce evaporation and waste
• Reduce personal electrical use to directly reduce water loss

Links for more information on water conservation:
Water IQ: Know Your Water, Texas Water Development Board
Take Care of Texas – Water Conservation
Water Saving Tips, Texas Water Development Board
Water Conservation Publications
Texas Water Development Board - Water Conservation
Texas Water Development Board - Water Conservation Brochures
Water Conservation Works
Austin Water Conservation
Save Texas Water
Water Conservation Resources
Texas Water Resources Institute
All Homeowners have the Right to Install a Water-efficient Landscape