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Don’t let the faucet run dry

By Tanta Davis | Published Wednesday, August 1, 2012

What would you do if you turned on the tap and no water came out? Fortunately, most of us don’t have to worry about that.

However, with the limited rainfall and increasing population, water is becoming a commodity in short supply, and the empty tap is possible. There are actions you can take to help reduce the amount of water that you and your family use.

Families need to evaluate their behaviors related to using water. For example, make sure all family members turn off the water while brushing their teeth. Reuse water when possible, and water only what your landscape plants need. Certainly don’t water the sidewalk or driveway since they won’t grow.

Another tip is to maintain equipment, and repair all plumbing leaks. Many silent leaks allow water and your money to go down the drain. Landscape irrigation systems need to be checked for leaks, as well as faucets and indoor plumbing. Using equipment efficiently simply means to wash only full loads in the dishwasher and full loads in the clothes washer.

One final tip is to replace older fixtures and equipment with water efficient ones. Installing aerators on all faucets may cost just a few dollars. Replacing the old shower head with a new 2.5 gallon-per-minute shower head is inexpensive. Replacing an older toilet with a newer 1.6 gallon per flush model may cost up to $100.

Putting in landscape plants that are appropriate for your local climate conditions can help reduce the amount of water needed. For information on ways to cut the amount of water you use in you home, go to fcs.tamu.edu/housing/efficient_housing/water_management/index.php. or contact Texas AgriLife Extension -Wise County office at (940) 627-3341.

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