Please consider the following helpful tips for conserving water:
Turn the dishwasher on only when full.
Use the short cycle for easy-to-clean loads.
Do not use the rinse-hold cycle on your machine, it uses a lot more water.
Newer dishwashers are at least 25% more efficient than models sold before 1994. The new models save 7-10 gallons of water, for each load. If you've been pondering a new dishwasher, now is the time to get one.
Use both sides of the sink when washing dishes by hand; 1 to wash, 1 to rinse. Avoid washing dishes under running water.
Wash your dishes only once a day.
Buy and install a faucet aerator.
Keep a bottle or pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator. Now there is no need to run the tap to get a glass of cool water.
Avoid using in-sink garbage disposals. These devices use about 11.5 gallons of water each day. Encourage resource-saving composting of organic wastes instead.
Clean vegetables in a pan of water not under a running faucet. The water collected can be used for your household plants.
Carefully measure water used for cooking or baking to avoid having to dump unneeded water. Leftover water can be used to water your plants.
Pre-rinse clothes only when absolutely necessary.
Use the proper water level or load size selection on the washing machine.
Note: This information was prepared by the City of Horseshoe Bay, in cooperation with the Water Wise Council, Lower Colorado River Authority and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.