Water Saving Tips
Water conservation is a common practice in Texas, especially during summer months. The reasoning is simple, to prevent running out of water. Abilene gets it’s drinking water from three resources: Lake Fort Phantom Hill, Hubbard Creek Reservoir and Lake O. H. Ivie. When Abilene experiences a drought, combined with sweltering temperatures, lake levels decline, risking our water supply.
There are four conservation stages based on just how low those levels are that mandate restrictions on water usage such as designating lawn watering days and times. Currently our City is in Stage One More information on this and other conservation stages can be found at saveabilenewater.com. However, no matter what stage the City is in, it is our individual and household responsibility to save water where we can.
When it comes to conserving water, small changes can add up to big savings. By making a few adjustments, you can help preserve our local water resources and, more importantly, save money on your monthly water bill.
- Run the dishwasher only when you have a full load of dishes.
- When replacing, consider water efficient toilets, washing machines, shower heads, and faucets.
- Regularly check your sprinkler system for broken heads and lines.
- Repair leaking faucets, toilets, and showerheads.
- Shut off the water while brushing teeth and shaving.
- Adjust timing on sprinklers to apply 1 inch of water per week.
- Don’t use the toilet as a trash can.
- Minimize use of the garbage disposal.
Water conservation does not have be expensive and can be one of the easiest measures to put in place. Saving water not only saves you money, but benefits the Abilene community.