Lower Your Water Bill
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average household uses 320 gallons of water per day. In the City of Denton, at least 40% of this goes to lawn irrigation, and this increases to around 70% during summer. Approximately 10,000 gallons per household is lost each year from leaking toilets, faucets, and valves.
To achieve Denton's water conservation goals, the City promotes water conservation practices, enforces the Lawn and Landscape Ordinance, and has adopted the Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan. Here are some easy tips on how to save on your water bill.
Six Ways You Can Conserve Water: Inside
- Look for the WaterSense label when replacing fixtures or appliances.
- Install low-flow high-pressure shower heads to save approximately 15 gallons for every 10-minute shower.
- Repair household leaks for an estimated savings of 800 gallons per month.
- Soak/scrape dishes rather than rinsing.
- Run full loads in the dishwasher or laundry to reduce water consumption by 300 to 800 gallons per month.
- Replace older toilets with low-flow models for an estimated savings of 100 gallons per month.
Six Ways You Can Conserve Water: Outside
- Water when and where needed. Overwatering usually results in excessive water running down the driveways, sidewalks, and streets.
- Water between the hours of 6 pm and 10 am to maximize water absorption and eliminate the risk of scorching your landscape. From June 1 to September 30, watering outside these times is prohibited, except for hand-watering and the use of soaker hoses for foundations.
- Water no more than twice a week to encourage deep root systems, which are better equipped to withstand the extreme Texas summer heat. Water waste can be reported by calling 940-349-8468.
- Install water-wise landscaping. Choose native plants to reduce irrigation needs and add mulch in landscape beds to retain soil moisture. Visit the Dyno Dirt page for mulch and composting products.
- Use efficient irrigation. Consider drip irrigation and efficient sprinkler heads to minimize waste. Smart irrigation controllers use weather data to irrigate only when needed.
- Check your irrigation system for leaks regularly and contact a licensed professional to repair broken or leaking irrigation.