Sugar Land encourages residents to make an online pledge to conserve water, save energy and reduce pollution as part of the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.
The national contest continues through April 30, and Sugar Land is rapidly climbing the leaderboard. Citizens can secure a Sugar Land victory by making a commitment toward sustainable water-wise activities at www.mywaterpledge.com.
Cities within the 50 United States and the District of Columbia will be divided into four regions (west, midwest, south and northeast) and categorized by population (5,000-30,000 residents, 30,001-100,000 residents, 100,000+ residents). The city with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their region and population category will be classified as a “Winning City.”
“Sustainable water sources are one of our top priorities,” said Director of Utilities SuEllen Staggs. “It’s no secret that water is among our most precious resources. During last year’s drought, we were reminded, maybe more than ever, of the importance of a dependable water supply. Even though the City has secured adequate resources to meet future demands, water conservation should be a top priority for all of us.”
Last year, Sugar Land secured long-term water supplies for the community and region through the dissolution of Fort Bend County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1.
Residents can help preserve this valuable resource by following some simple tips:
• Install water saving showerheads – An effective water saving showerhead should have a flow rate of 3 gallons or less a minute. Standard showerheads use from 5 to 10 gallons a minute.
• Displacement devices in the toilet – Several types of displacement devices can be used in toilets, but they should not be used in the newer, lower water use toilets that use less than 3.5 gallons per flush.
• Install faucet aerators – The standard faucet flow rate is 5 gallons a minute. A low flow aerator can reduce this flow to approximately 2.5 gallons a minute while still providing adequate water for washing and rinsing.
• Change water use patterns – The washing machine and dishwasher should only be used when fully loaded.
• Examine personal water use habits – Simply change water use habits for tooth brushing, shaving, washing hands or taking a shower. Instead of allowing the tap water to run continuously, run the tap only when rinsing.
• Find and repair water leaks – Leaks can easily account for 10 percent of water bills. Toilets are notorious for hidden or silent leaks because leaks are seldom noticed unless the toilet “runs” after each flush.
• Use efficient outside watering practices – Plant native vegetation. Water grass only when needed – if grass springs up after being walked on it does not need water. When watering, water slowly and deeply. Water during early morning hours to minimize water loss by evaporation and discourage disease.
Simple water conservation measures can save as much as 20 to 30 percent on monthly water bills and more during the summer months. Learn more at www.sugarlandtx.gov/utilities/index.asp.
The water conservation challenge is sponsored by the Wyland Foundation, a non-profit organization that has helped children and families around the nation to rediscover the importance of healthy oceans and waterways through public art programs, classroom science education, and live events.
The goal of the contest is to save 1,659,448,622 gallons of water.