Smith County Extension Agent
Each January people start the year by making New Year’s resolutions. Many resolutions are to lose weight, to start eating healthier or other health-related topics. All of these are great, but how many times do we follow all these throughout the entire year?
There are things we can do around the home to conserve water. Inside the home we can use faucet aerators, install low-flow toilets or dual flow toilets, and wash only full loads of clothing and dishes. When brushing teeth or shaving, avoid letting water run during these practices. Take shorter showers. Some are turning on the water in the shower to get wet, then turning the water off while they lather with soap, then turning on the water again to rinse off in efforts conserve water. While waiting for bath or shower water to heat up, some are capturing this water and using it for outdoor watering or other purposes. Repair leaks as soon as they are noticed.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Family and Consumer Science agents have been working with people across Texas to take the 40 Gallon Challenge. What is the 40 Gallon Challenge?
The 40 Gallon Challenge encourages people to save a minimum of 40 gallons a day by adopting new water-saving techniques. The pledge card outlines water-saving practices and the daily water savings to expect. You can use the pledge to review the water-saving practices that you or your family currently puts to use. By pledging new practices, you will see the total daily savings expected for your household. Information on the 40 Gallon Challenge can be found at www.40gallonchallenge.org/index.cfm.
This will help shut off your system on days when we get rainfall. Watering at the right amounts and appropriate times will improve the root system of your lawn thus creating a healthy, dense turf. Improperly watering the home lawn can lead to shallow root systems that cannot tolerate stresses nor are they as drought tolerant.
Water is a precious resource and we need to conserve this resource. Every drop counts. Do not wait until you turn on the faucet and nothing comes out. Start the New Year off by resolving to conserve as much water as you can. The resolution may be for you as an individual or for your family unit.
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