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Proper Landscaping Makes a Difference

Traditional landscaping often includes large areas of grass or turf and trees or shrubs throughout the space. With water conservation becoming a necessity, changes to what we consider to be the norm need to occur. 

Xeriscaping is the process by which drought resistant landscaping or other native, water conserving natural turf is installed. Both this practice and rainwater system installations can no longer be prohibited by homeowner's associations. 'HOA's must approve all reasonable requests' in light of our continued drought situation. Read more about that here.

Using drought resistant native plants conserve water and don't need as much labor. Consider cutting down on turf areas and replacing the harder hit areas with patio pavers, decorative rockbeds, or mulches. The proper design of a water conservative landscape offers better drainage, less runoff or water waste, less water use and allows more water to be taken into the soil and down into aquifer's to recharge. 

How Can Rainwater Be Used?

Rainwater is a viable alternative for many types of water uses. Essentially anywhere you have a tap, you can use rainwater. Three basic areas exist for rainwater use: Irrigation, Indoor non-potable or potable entire house use. It's the smarter way to use water with the prevailing drought conditions and other issues causing water shortages all over our country. Harvest rainwater and be not only more green but reduce your environmental impact by conserving water. 

A few examples of rainwater uses are:

  • Watering lawn using sprinklers/irrigation system or by hand
  • Washing pets or cars
  • Ponds, fountains, swimming pool 
  • Toilets and clothes washer (easier on appliances due to no minerals to build up)
  • Drinking water (proper filtration and disinfecting system needs to be in place)

Rainwater Harvesting

The What and How To

Simply put Rainwater harvesting collects the water that run offs a catchment surface (typically a roof) so it can be saved for future use. One surface or multiple surfaces can be used to catch rainwater. The more roof surface, the more water that can be stored. Systems range from a simple rainbarrel to large decorative cisterns depending on the many uses of rainwater. 

Rainwater often conjures up images of a big red barn and water barrels full of water with a gourd on the side for drinking. Rainwater is free and it falls on your property. It's one of your basic private property rights that we have access to in Texas! For water conservation, it is but one method that is quickly starting to catch on as a viable alternative for many water needs. 

An easy way to figure how much you can collect is gained by use of the following formula:

1' of rain x 1 sq ft. = 0.623 gallons

Or alternatively = 1" of rain from a 1000 sq ft. roof provides 623 gallons

So What Can We Do?

Every Gallon of Water Saved Adds Up 

Some Tips:

  1. Check your water bill and investigate any spikes in usage. These could be water leaks which not only increases your bill but wastes good water.
  2. Install water conserving fixtures and appliances. Check with your city utilities about rebates available for installing water conservation fixtures and appliances. They are often easily available.
  3. Watch actual water usage. Only full loads in the clothes washer and dishwasher, shorter showers, turn water off while brushing teeth, garden and lawn watering in early morning or evening to prevent evaporation loss and give plants the best benefit. 
  4. Evaluate your landscaping. Are you using more natives and plants/grass that use less water?
  5. Harvest Rainwater for plant watering and for potable use.
  6. Graywater Reuse. Click here to learn more about Greywater Reuse.  

Don't Just Take Our Word for It ...

More than one recent article covers it

Simply google water issues in the US or Water Conservation and many articles come up such as the following:

"All Around The US, Risks Of A Water Crisis Are Much Bigger Than People Realize." Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/us-drought-water-scarcity-2013-5#ixzz2fItGJT8f

"Water Scarcity - The US Connection" by Shannyn Snyder. Read More: http://thewaterproject.org/water_scarcity_in_us.asp

"California, Texas and the Southwestern U.S. Face a Critical Year for Water Supplies: 2014 -  http://www.circleofblue.org/waternews/2014/world/2014-preview-california-texas-southwest-face-critical-year-water-supplies/

Education & News

To see the above presentation in a larger frame, simply click on the words water conservation info above and it will take you to a larger screen. 

Why Conserve Water?

Water Issues in the US & Texas

Despite all the recent rain, it won't be long as we have seen in recent years before some areas will be back in drought conditions. Some areas never get out of some type of drought condition. 

As cities in the drought areas go on Watering Restrictions and other means of Water Conservation, it begins to become clear that more is needed to be done to preserve our water supplies. Farmers and Ranchers are unable to provide crops and livestock, thereby affecting our food supplies. Our Water stores need to be not only preserved but new means of conservation need to be put into place consistently to ensure we have enough water for generations to come. 

Rainwater Benefits

  • Sodium free, non-chorinated, relatively clean and free source of water
  • Back up source of water for emergencies or rural areas 
  • Primary source of water for remote areas with no access to city water or a well (no need to drill a well)
  • You can water landscape when you want from your cistern (ideal for areas with water restrictions)
  • Helps conserve water and is socially responsible also promotes water self sufficiency
  • Systems are inexpensive and have easy maintenance for the do it yourselfer
  • Reduces stormwater runoff and can solve drainage issues on your property
  • Systems are easy to install for new construction, or existing homes and are flexible and forgiving allowing expansion as necessary or can be changed as needed.

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