Conservation Clues October 2015

It was Colonel Mustard in the kitchen with the wrench.

The mystery: a high water bill. The clue: a leaky faucet. The victim: Texas water. Fortunately for Colonel Mustard, all he's guilty of is fixing a problem that plagues far too many Texas homes. The real culprit in this case is negligent water use.

Texans can't afford to waste any water. Our water supply is limited and our population is growing. We must conserve as much as we can to ensure water for us and future generations. Luckily, simple fixes at home can save both water and money.

The average Texas household uses 246 gallons of water per day, about 7,626 gallons per month, which includes watering the yard. Review your latest water bill to see if you're making, or missing, that mark—and consider how much water you could save by making a few, small changes. No matter where you fall on the scale of water use at home, employ these easy fixes and you’ll help sustain our water supply and save money:

Fix the faucet
Look for leaks and listen for appliances running (like the toilet). This could save more than 115 gallons of water per week and trim about $5 off your monthly water bill.

Turn off the tap
Don't let the water run while brushing your teeth or rinsing the dishes. This could save more than 249 gallons of water per week and approximately $12 on your monthly water bill.

Stop the sprinkler
Lawns need only one inch of water per week. Watering once a week could save more than 2,500 gallons of water per week and close to $68 on your monthly water bill.

The only thing more frightening than wasting water is someone not knowing when they're the one wasting it. Here's what Texans need to know: in Texas, saving water isn't optional, no matter the time of year. The cheapest water is the water we already have, so let's make every drop count.

The TWDB provides conservation education from elementary to high school, and Texans of all ages can learn more about water conservation through the TWDB's website.

For a complete list of conservation tips to use at home, visit the TWDB's conservation page.

This Halloween — as you check your home's nooks and crannies for spiders and cobwebs (and before zombies and witches arrive asking for tricks and treats) — search your home for the scariest villain of all: water wasters. Remember, every drop counts.

Happy Halloween from the Texas Water Development Board!

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