Fort Bend MUD 146, in cooperation with the North Fort Bend Water Authority, has partnered with Flume to bring Long Meadow Farms homeowners in Fort Bend MUD 146 a new tool to take control of home water usage! With Flume, you can effectively manage, monitor, and reduce indoor and outdoor water consumption. Take advantage of the Fort Bend MUD 146 rebate program when you purchase a Flume Smart Home Water Monitor.
Up to 40% of homes experience undetected water leaks and related damage. When left undetected, leaks can waste thousands of gallons of water and cause thousands of dollars in damage. Flume’s Smart Home Water Monitor tracks water use via a mobile app and can be set to send notifications if it detects leaks or excess water use. 70% of new Flume customers find a leak, which can save homeowners from costly repairs and water bills.
According to the Texas Water Development Board, between 50% and 80% of water consumption is used outside the home. Studies done by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agency show that more than half of landscape irrigation water is wasted due to overwatering, inefficient watering practices and broken or poorly maintained irrigation systems. Flume’s Water Monitor tracks your entire property’s water usage and provides you with detailed insights into your irrigation usage. With Flume, you’ll see how much water you’re using and when – so you’ll know exactly where you can save water.
With simple self-installation, most people can install the Flume device in less than 15 minutes. Cutting pipes, or hiring a plumber, is not required. Once installed, the device will track water usage and provide the information to help customers conserve water, save money, and protect homes from costly leaks.
Flume gives you the power to:
- Track water usage down to the minute
- Receive alerts when leaks and excess water uses are detected
- Set customizable water budgets
- Monitor monthly water use and eliminate surprise water bills.
By participating in the Fort Bend MUD 146 Flume rebate program, Fort Bend MUD 146 customers can purchase a Flume Smart Water Monitor for $74 + tax and shipping (normally $199). A limited number of Flume’s are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Click Here for more information and to sign up for the Fort Bend MUD 146 Flume Rebate Program
Start in the bathroom
Did you know that about 75% of water used in the home is used in the bathroom? Look for ways to save water whenever possible. You’ll help Texas and reduce your water bill.
- Bathing: Take a shower instead of a bath to save water. A short shower uses less water than a long one. A low-flow showerhead saves water by as much as 50% while still providing a refreshing, cleansing shower.
Installing a low-flow showerhead is the single most effective conservation step that can be taken inside the home.
- Toilet: Standard toilets manufactured prior to the 1980s usually require 5-7 gallons per flush.
Toilets sold during the ‘80s and early ‘90s use 3.5 gallons per flush. The most significant savings come from replacing your toilet with a 1.6-gallon model. Since 1992 in Texas and 1994 nationally, new toilets must use 1.6 gallons or less per flush. Do not use a brick in your toilet tank. The brick will crumble and can damage the fixture.
- Lavatory: Change your habits! Don’t let water run continuously while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your hands. Additionally, a low-flow faucet aerator can save water use by up to 50%.
About 8% of in-home water use takes place in the kitchen. And now for the Kitchen Sink –
- Run water only when necessary.
- Fill the basin or a dishpan to rinse dishes instead of using running water.
- Soak pots and pans before washing.
- Fill the basin or a pan with water to wash fruits and vegetables.
- Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge rather than running tap water until it is cold enough to drink.
- Operate the garbage disposal only when necessary.
- Washing machines: Doing the laundry requires about 14% of water used inside the home.
- Conserve by adjusting the water level to match the size of your loads.
- Wash only full loads.
Pipes: Insulate hot water pipes where possible to avoid long delays and wasted water while waiting for the water to “run hot.”
Water Heater: Check the thermostat. Don’t have your water heater thermostat set too high. Settings higher than 125 degrees waste energy since the water must be mixed with cold water before use.