Water Conservation Tips

The dog days of summer are here!  The recent triple digit temperatures has everyone scrambling to water their yard and plants, add water to their pool, refill the family pets water dish or break into their best rain dance.   Although Texas has recovered from the severe drought experienced a few years ago, the recent high temperatures should remind everyone of the need to conserve our most precious resource – WATER.

Did you know that during the summer months 50% – 80% of our water consumption is used outside according to the Texas Water Development Board?  And as much as half of that may be wasted?  With the rising cost of water, it benefits all of us to make a more conscious effort to conserve water.  So, as you scramble to stay cool this summer take a few minutes to think about how you can do your part to conserve.  Here are a few simple tips that you can implement at your home:

  • Water before 10am to save water and maintain plant health.
  • Regularly maintain your irrigation system to make sure water is being properly applied, sprinkler heads are free from debris, water is flowing at the proper pressure and the system does not have any leaks.
  • Ensure that irrigation heads are not watering sidewalks or driveways.
  • Instead of washing your own car at home, use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
  • When revamping your landscape beds consider using drought tolerant and native plants that require less water.
  • Sweep driveways, sidewalks and patios, as opposed to hosing them off.
  • Harvest rainwater for landscape use with a rain barrel, it is great for your plants and can save you money on your water bill. Make sure your rain barrel is installed in a location approved by your homeowner’s association.  Rain barrels can be purchased at hardware stores or online.  Or construct one yourself; check out the TakeCareofTexas.org guide to rain water harvesting and rain barrel construction at the link below:

http://takecareoftexas.org/sites/default/files/publications/gi-383_3_0.pdf.

W.I.S.E. Guys Residential Program

The W.I.S.E. Guys residential program is a free, no obligations water conservation service currently being offered to Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 146 residents through water conservation
initiatives offered by the North Fort Bend Water Authority.

The purpose of this program is to evaluate existing residential irrigation systems and make recommendations for improvements to the performance of the system and to the scheduling of the controller to eliminate unnecessary waste. The program allows for a licensed irrigator/representative to provide face-to-face education to the homeowner on efficient irrigation and proper controller scheduling which in turn will eliminate unnecessary waste and allow for residents to save money on their water bills. You are not required to make any adjustments or repairs to your system.

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Update: Oyster Creek Dredging and Desilting Operations by Gulf Coast Water Authority

GCWA had two dozers actively working up until the last week in May when it began raining. They have not been on-site since. A site inspection with GCWA was performed on May 17th to inspect the grading progress thus far. GCWA agreed to improve the grade of the spoils by using a large drag to break up the large dirt clods (caused by grading the soil when it is still wet) and better smooth the graded material. GCWA will continue to work on drainage improvements as they grade and drag. Once work recommences another on-site meeting will be scheduled with GCWA again to inspect progress. Due to in climate weather it is doubtful that their work will be completed by the targeted deadline of the end of June.

For inquiries related to this project please contact Gulf Coast Water Authority during office hours, Monday through Thursday, 6:30 AM – 5:00 PM, by phone at 281-331-3137 or David Hudson at 281-932-1047.

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FBCMUD 146 Partnering with Rain Water Solutions, North Fort Bend Water Authority and Masuen Consulting on Resident Rain Barrel Sale

Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 146 (FBCMUD 146), North Fort Bend Water Authority (NFBWA) and Masuen Consulting have partnered with Rain Water Solutions to provide residents with an opportunity to purchase rain barrels at a reduced price. The District and its program partners are offering this opportunity to residents in an effort to further promote water conservation initiatives within the District.

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Update: Oyster Creek Dredging and Desilting Operations by Gulf Coast Water Authority

GCWA is actively working on-site spreading and grading the spoils piles. As part of the grading process they will be addressing standing water issues in various areas along the trail to ensure adequate drainage can occur. They anticipate completing this project early July contingent upon all of the spoils piles being dry enough to grade.

For inquiries related to this project please contact Gulf Coast Water Authority during office hours, Monday through Thursday, 6:30 AM – 5:00 PM, by phone at (281) 331- 3137 or David Hudson at (281) 932-1047.

Update: Oyster Creek Dredging and Desilting Operations by Gulf Coast Water Authority

GCWA has reported that they will be on-site spreading and grading the spoils the again beginning the week of April 10th. To expedite the grading GCWA anticipates adding a second machine to the project beginning the week of April 24th. As part of the grading process they will be addressing standing water issues in various areas along the trail to ensure adequate drainage can occur.

For inquiries related to this project please contact Gulf Coast Water Authority during office hours, Monday through Thursday, 6:30 AM – 5:00 PM, by phone at (281) 331-3137 or David Hudson at (281) 932-1047.