As June 1 approaches cities in Rockwall County are preparing to enter stage three of the drought that has plagued Texas since the fall.

As the summer temperatures continue to rise municipalities are implementing water restriction on watering lawns, along with mailing out water conservation tips in water bills to residents.

Yes folks we need rain and we need it badly as local water drinking sources, such as Lake Lavon are running a tad bit low on the H20.

To help save water and not add to the problem here are some tips specifically designed for people living in the nation’s Southwest from the Web site www.wateruseitwisely.com.

You may also find similar or other tips by simply checking them online, call the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality or calling your water department.

Not only will these tips hopefully help save water they should save you money on your water bill.



Indoor water conservation tips

• Wash clothes in a full load, which can save up to 600 gallons each month

• Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 4 gallons a minute.

•Install a low-flow showerhead, which can save more than 500 gallons a week.

• Turn the water off while you washing your hair, which can save 50 gallons a week.

• Don't let the water run while washing your hands.

• Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water when washing dishes by hand.

• Collect the water used for rinsing produce and reuse it to water house plants.

• Run washing machines only when full

.• Use the garbage disposal sparingly.

• Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold drinks

• Designate one glass for your drinking water each day, which will reduce using the dish washer.

• Wash your produce in the sink or a pan that is partially filled with water instead of running water from the tap.

• Buy appliances that feature cycle and load size adjustments.

• Plug the bathtub before turning the water on, then adjust the temperature as the tub fills up.

• Keep showers under five minutes, which can save 1,000 gallons a month.

• Install low-volume toilets.



Outdoor

• Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.

• Bathe pets outdoors in an area in need of water.

• Aerate your lawn by punching holes in it about six inches apart so water will reach the roots

• Don't buy recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water.

• Use a grease pencil to mark the water level of your pool at the skimmer. Check the mark 24 hours later. Your pool should lose no more than 1/4 inch each day.

• Frequently check sprinkler systems and adjust sprinklers so only the lawn is watered •Use a layer of organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and save hundreds of gallons of water a year.

•Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks, which can save 80 gallons of water each time.

• Adjust lawn mowers to a higher setting as longer grass shades root systems and holds soil moisture better than a closely clipped lawns.

• Use water drained from cleaning a fish tank on plants since it is rich in nitrogen and phosphorus

• Use the sprinkler for larger areas of grass. Water small patches by hand to avoid waste and install a rain shut-off device on your automatic sprinklers to eliminate unnecessary watering.

• Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning hours, when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter.

• Direct downspouts and other runoff towards shrubs and trees, or collect and use for your garden.

• Water your summer lawns once every three days and your winter lawn once every five days.

• When watering grass on steep slopes, use a soaker hose to prevent wasteful runoff.

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