Conservation in the Home

Start in the bathroom

Did you know that about 75% of water used in the home is used in the bathroom? Look for ways to save water whenever possible. You’ll help Texas and reduce your water bill as well.

  • Bathing: Take a shower instead of a bath to save water. A short shower uses less water than a long one. A low-flow showerhead will save as much as 50% of the amount of water currently used, while still providing a refreshing, cleansing shower.
    Installing a low-flow showerhead is the single most effective conservation step that can be taken inside the home.
  • Toilet: Standard toilets manufactured prior to the 1980s usually require 5-7 gallons per flush.
    Toilets sold during the ‘80s and early ‘90s use 3.5 gallons per flush.
    The greatest savings come from replacing your toilet with a 1.6 gallon model. Since 1992 in Texas and 1994 nationally, new toilets must use 1.6 gallons or less per flush.
    Do not use a brick in your toilet tank. The brick will crumble and can damage the fixture.
  • Lavatory: Change your habits! Don’t let water run continuously while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your hands. Additionally, a low-flow faucet aerator can save up to 50% of the water currently used in the lavatory.

On to the kitchen for more savings…

About 8% of in-home water use takes place in the kitchen.

And now for the Kitchen Sink

  • Run water only when necessary
  • Fill the basin or a dish pan to rinse dishes instead of using running water.
  • Soak pots and pans before washing.
  • Fill the basin or a pan with water to wash fruits and vegetables.
  • Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge rather than running tap water until it is cold enough to drink.
  • Operate the garbage disposal only when necessary.

Dishwasher tips

  • Wash only full loads.
  • When you need to buy a new machine, take a look at the water saving models. Newer models can cut water use by 25% and generally are no more expensive than non-conserving models.

All around the house

  • Washing machines: Doing the laundry requires about 14% of water used inside the home.
  • Conserve by adjusting the water level to match the size of your loads.
  • Wash only full loads.

Pipes: Insulate hot water pipes where possible to avoid long delays and wasted water while waiting for the water to “run hot.”

Water Heater: Check the thermostat. Don’t have your water heater thermostat set too high. Settings higher than 125 degrees waste energy since the water has to be mixed with cold water before use.

and most important…fix those leaks!

  • Leaks can account for 10% or more of the water bill. Leaks waste both water and energy.
  • Need proof? A toilet with a silent leak of one cup of water a minute – a mere dribble – wastes about 2,700 GALLONS OF WATER A MONTH. That’s not just water down the drain, that’s dollars down the drain. Your dollars.
  • © Association of Water Board Directors – Texas

Cinco MUD 8 Proclaims the EPA’s Fix a Leak Week

All CINCO MUD 8 Residents will receive door hangers with Texas Landscapes Water Savings Tips and Toilet Leak Detector Tablets. The District will also have a tabletop Display in the lobby of the Canyon Gate Recreation Center from March 16 – 22, 2020. Come by a pickup a WaterSense labeled product REBATE FORM or WISE GUYS information for a free irrigation evaluation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created “FIX a LEAK WEEK” as a national campaign to educate consumers about water-saving behaviors using WaterSense labeled products. The WaterSense label makes it easy to identify products that use less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.

Whether by replacing an inefficient fixture with a WaterSense labeled product or adopting water-efficient behaviors, we can all take action to save water for future generations.

Saving is as easy as check, twist, replace.

    • Check toilets for silent leaks: put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and wait 10 minutes to flush. If color appears in the bowl, the flapper may need replacing.
    • Twist on a WaterSense labeled bathroom faucet aerator, 1.5 gpm or lower to save water and energy at the tap without noticing a difference in flow.
    • Replace your showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model that uses less water and energy, but still lets you shower with power.

Join thousands of your neighbors during Fix a Leak Week. Make simple changes at home to save water and energy.

We’re for Water

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created “We’re for Water” as a national campaign to educate consumers about water-saving behaviors and WaterSense labeled products. The WaterSense label makes it easy to identify products that use less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.
  • Whether by replacing an inefficient fixture with a WaterSense labeled product or adopting water-efficient behaviors, we can all take action to save water for future generations.
  • Saving is as easy as check, twist, replace.
    • Check toilets for silent leaks: put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and wait 10 minutes to flush. If color appears in the bowl, the flapper may need replacing.
    • Twist on a WaterSense labeled bathroom faucet aerator to save water and energy at the tap without noticing a difference in flow.
    • Replace your showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model that uses less water and energy, but still lets you shower with power.
  • Join thousands of your neighbors in We’re for Water. Make simple changes at home to save water and energy.
  • Go to epa.gov/watersense to take the I’m for Water pledge. The pledge is also located in documents on www.cincomud8.com.