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Water Conservation
An adequate supply of high quality water has become a critical issue for the future prosperity of Texas. Booming populations have increased the demand on the state’s already limited supply of high quality water. In addition, seasonal fluctuations in rainfall and periodic droughts have created a feast-to-famine cycle in Texas. In the summer months outdoor water accounts for 60-80% of home water use. Using water more efficiently will not only save money, but also help protect the quality of life and the future of Texas.
Informational PDFs Related to Water Conservation
Water My Yard   (A program tool to assist you in determining the amount of supplemental water that is needed to maintain a healthy lawn) Irrigation Watering Recommendations (based on weather as well as current and average evapotranspiration rate) Water Conservation Tips (PDF) Conserving Water Outdoors (PDF) Mulch Saves Water (PDF) Water Conservation (PDF)   (Seven basic Earth-Kind landscaping practices that lead to saving water) Dual Flush Toilets (PDF) Texas Water Resources Institute
Videos
Cycle-Soak Method of Watering Lawns:
Rain Barrels
Rainwater harvesting is an innovative approach of capturing water. You can save money by collecting and storing rainwater to irrigate your trees, shrubs, flower beds, house plants and containers. A quick and easy way to do this is by constructing a rain barrel. How to make a Rain Barrel - (English) How to make a Rain Barrel - (Spanish)
Rainwater Harvesting
Rainwater harvesting is an innovative approach of capturing water.  You can save money by collecting and storing rainwater to irrigate your trees, shrubs, flower beds, house plants and containers.  A quick and easy way to do this is by constructing a rain barrel.
Rainwater Harvesting
Rainwater Harvesting Efficient water use is increasingly important to Texas.  With the state’s growing population and limited supply of both groundwater and surface water, Texans must use water wisely.  Rainwater harvesting is an innovative approach anyone can use.
Rainwater Harvesting: What is it?
Rainwater harvesting captures, diverts and stores rainwater for later use.  With proper treatment, the captured rainwater can be used for drinking.  But the easiest way to use stored rainwater is for landscaping.
Why is rainwater harvesting a good idea for my home?
Not only can utilizing a rainwater harvesting system reduce your water bills but, because rainwater is free of salts and other minerals that harm root growth, it good for your lawn and plants and allows for better root growth and drought tolerance.
Why is rainwater harvesting a good idea for my community?
Rainwater harvesting makes efficient use of a valuable natural resource. In many communities, 30 to 50 percent of the total water consumption is used for landscape irrigation.  If that demand for a limited natural resource can be reduced, everyone benefits.  Also, rainwater harvesting systems reduce flooding, erosion and the contamination of surface water with sediments, fertilizers and pesticides in rainfall runoff.
INFORMATIONAL PDF's RELATED TO RAIN BARRELS:
Rain Gardens
A rain garden is a constructed depression designed to capture rainwater from roofs, sidewalks and driveways. Rain gardens provide a way to slow down and soak up excess rainwater allowing water to infiltrate into the ground recharging our aquifers. Rain gardens can be planted with a variety of vegetation that not only enhances landscape but also provides a habitat for birds and butterflies.
INFORMATIONAL PDF's RELATED TO RAIN GARDENS: Rain Gardens - Harris Co. Master Gardeners Rain Gardens - Texas A&M AgriLife Storm Water Management - Rain Gardens (PDF 20 pages)  
Landscape Irrigation
Much of the water used to maintain our landscapes is wasted through inefficient irrigation techniques and poor landscape design.   Water efficient landscapes, appropriately designed irrigation systems and good watering techniques are important elements of water conservation and responsible landscape irrigation practices.  Check city websites for watering schedules and restrictions.
Drip Irrigation
Drip irrigation is one of the most effective means to water plants. It targets water directly to the plant, slowly without runoff.  Soil moisture remains relatively constant, water contact with the leaves is minimized; resulting in improved plant health.  Drip irrigation can reduce water loss by 60%, reduce demand on city water supplies, and save money on water bills.
INFORMATIONAL PDF's RELATED TO IRRIGATION:
An Introduction to Drip Irrigation (PDF) Basics of Drip Irrigation (Presentation) (PDF 43 pages) Low Volume Irrigation (PDF)
Videos
Cycle-Soak Method of Watering Lawns: Tree Watering Tips:
Drought
An adequate supply of high quality water has become a critical issue for the future prosperity of Texas. Booming populations have increased the demand on the state’s already limited supply of high quality water. In addition, seasonal fluctuations in rainfall and periodic droughts have created a feast-to-famine cycle in Texas. In the summer months outdoor water accounts for 60-80% of home water use. Using water more efficiently will not only save money, but also help protect the quality of life and the future of Texas.
INFORMATIONAL LINKS RELATED TO DROUGHT: Texas Forrest Service - Worst Drought in Texas History  
INFORMATIONAL VIDEOS RELATED TO DROUGHT:  Tree Watering Tips Video: [su_youtube url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciEjYvwwQZs&feature=player_embedded"]    
Brazos County Water Wise Incentives
The City of College Station and the Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District offer rebates to residents that install a rain barrel to capture rainwater runoff. The City of College Station offers a rebate to single-family residential water customers with an account in good standing for installing high efficiency toilets.
INFORMATIONAL PDF's RELATED TO BRAZOS COUNTY WATER WISE INCENTIVES: College Station High Efficiency Toilet Rebate Application College Station Rain Barrel Rebate Application Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District Rain Barrel Rebate Application