Here in Texas, the dry season can lead to serious water shortages. Water conservation efforts by individuals or families may feel like a drop in the bucket, but every little bit helps. From the time of day you choose to do your watering outside to the length of your shower, you can make a difference by changing everyday habits.
1. Water your lawn or garden late in the day. Watering in the heat of the day isn’t good for your plants anyway–the Texas sun can burn wet leaves–but watering early in the morning means that most of the water will evaporate as the ground heats up. Watering late in the day, as things cool down, gives your irrigation plenty of time to seep into the ground before the sun heats up the next day.
2. Check your plumbing for leaks. Leaks in toilets or faucets can waste water a drop at a time, day and night. Record your water meter readings to track water usage and check for unknown leaks.
3. Avoid using extra water. Turn the water off when you shave or brush your teeth. Set a timer when you’re in the shower. Only run dishwashers and washing machines with full loads, and consider installing low-flow shower heads and toilet flushing mechanisms.
A few small changes can help the state supply its residents with enough water, reducing the need for watering bans and other drastic measures during the dry season. At Mike Leonard Insurance, we want to help our customers and state thrive. For information about water conservation in the dry season, please contact Mike Leonard Insurance.