Friday, January 13, 2012


We got an email from the City of Houston, saying that because of the recent heavy rains and the cooler weather, they have lifted the water restrictions.
 That's good news of course, though my guess is that it's short lived.  They are talking about the drought continuing into next Summer, so any rains we get until then will just replenish what we lost and not even get us back to the pre-drought levels.  But still, it's good and welcome news.
 In their email, they asked people to voluntarily continue to conserve water and seeing that it's such a precious commodity, I agree 100%.  They sent out a list of tips on water conservation and so I thought I would share.
Every drop is precious
 Ways to use water wisely:
  • Keep showers under five minutes.  Water save: 2 to 5 gallons per minute
  • Remember to turn off water while brushing your teeth
  • Wash only full loads of dishes or clothes
  • Replace older model shower heads and faucet aerators with new low-flow models and install low water use toilets
  • Inspect toilets for silent leaks by putting food coloring in the toilet tank.  If colored water leaks into the toilet bowl before flushing, water is being lost due to a worn our flapper
  • Refrain from washing any vehicle or motorbike unless the dirt poses a driving hazard
  • Refrain from washing down any sidewalk, walkway, driveway, parking lot or any other hard surfaced area
  • Refrain from filling, refilling, or adding water to any indoor or outdoor swimming pool or spa


  1. We pretty much always have similar restrictions here in SF. Since I've lived my whole life here it amazes me to think that in other places in the country, people never have to worry about water shortages! Thanks for posting these tips, hopefully they'll provide some inspiration :-)

  2. Bee Girl - It is odd to think of how many places take it for granted that there is always water available. We've sort of been that way here in this part of Texas. Being so close to the Gulf, and having large large lakes and rivers around, it's easy to take go granted. But this last year has shaken more people out of their complacency. I just hope they change their habits.

  3. You are fortunate. We will probably have stage 4 restrictions (no outside watering) soon.

  4. Bluestem - Stage 4? Wow, that's scary. I wish I could send some water your way. We need to make sure your amazing yard stays so pretty!! Thanks for visiting!!


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