Conserving water now in the home may help delay a disaster in the future. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist and professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M, says, “Since October 1 (2010), we’ve had a little more than 9 inches of rain on average for the state; normal would be about 23 inches, so we’re well below 50 percent.”
It is important that homeowners know the difference between the need for water and what is desired. The human body, animals, any living thing needs water to survive. However, what is more important – you or the lawn. Water resources are already receding, the necessity of conserving now is more important than ever. There are many more people using water than ever before. Becoming more aware of your water usage can be a good place to start with water conservation. Begin by checking for leaks at faucets, toilet tanks and any other running water location. Next, change behaviors – keep water in the refrigerator instead of running the water until you get cold water; thaw food in the refrigerator rather than running hot water over it. Replace old equipment with water efficient equipment such as a low water flushing toilet.
There are several resources available through Texas AgriLife Extension – Family and Consumer Sciences that can help conserve water in the home. Check out http://fcs.tamu.edu/housing for information including “Water Conservation Checklist for the Home” and “Home Water Conservation Tips” or visit the Fort Bend County Extension Office at 1402 Band Road, Suite 100, Rosenberg.
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