Water Conservation Tips

Check out some of our water saving/conservation tips below.

In the kitchen:

  • Repair leaky faucets, fixtures, and pipes
  • Turn water off while washing dishes
  • Use garbage disposals sparingly-opt instead to compost vegetable scraps and yard clippings
  • Scrape dishes – don’t rinse before putting them in the dishwasher
  • Rinse produce in a pan of water-use remaining water to water plants
  • Keep tap water in the refrigerator for drinking

In the Bathroom

  • Repair leaky faucets, fixtures, and pipes
  • Check toilet leaks by adding food coloring to tank, if color appears in bowl, you have a leak (learn how with this YouTube video
  • Install low-flow shower head, learn more about showerheads on the EPA website 
  • Take a shower instead of a bath
  • Never use toilet to dispose of trash
  • Reduce shower time
  • Turn water off while brushing teeth or shaving
  • Fill the sink with a bit of water to clean your razor while shaving



  • Use sprinklers that produce large water droplets not mist
  • Set sprinkler system to 1” every 5 days
  • Use drip irrigation for flower beds, trees, shrubs
  • Condition soil with mulch or compost
  • Set lawnmower high-taller grass holds moisture better
  • Do not water drives, streets, or sidewalks
  • Fill a bucket to wash cars – use hose for rinsing only
  • Compost yard clippings


In the Laundry 

  • Wash only full loads when possible
  • Use lowest water setting for light/partial loads
  • Use cold water when possible to save energy 
  • Buy/use Energy Star appliances to cut down on water use (read more on the Energy Star website

For more information, visit the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.