Everyone can play a role in ensuring the continued availability of our water supply. There are many ways to conserve water in your home, business, and community.
What It Means To Conserve
Conservation is the ongoing practice of reducing water use wherever possible so that it's available in the future. This differs from Drought Response or Drought Planning, which identifies opportunities to reduce use in the short term in response to a Drought Stage or other emergency condition.
Why Should Everyone Conserve?
Even though the earth is covered in water, according to the United States Geological Study, less than 1% is accessible freshwater that can be used for drinking. Since there's so little for everyone to share, we must work to conserve our precious resources now and in the future. After all, the water we have is all the water we will ever have.
Ways To Conserve
There are many ways to conserve water in your home, business, and community. An easy way to think about it is to consider how to save water inside and outside your home. In our community, 60-70% of water goes toward lawn watering and other outdoor uses. Installing drought and heat-tolerant plants, opting for landscape materials native to the Hill Country, and reducing grass in non-recreational parts of your home greatly reduces the water demand. Having your irrigation system regularly audited for leaks and efficiency is also key to ensuring you are not wasting water through leaks or damaged sprinkler heads.
Below you will find ways to conserve water in your home, business, and community.