Houston Water Conservation

Conserving water goes beyond saving money, it ensures clean water for generations to come. Houston Water’s Conservation team offers tools, programs, and resources to help customers conserve one of our most precious resources – water.  

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TOP OUTDOOR WATER SAVING TIPS

YARDS

KNOW WHEN TO WATER

Water only when the yard needs it. Water during the cool part of the day, in the morning or evening. Do not water on windy days. 

Visit WaterMyYard.org or download the app for free watering recommendations based on your location and more.   

USE A RAIN BARREL

Rain barrels collect rainwater to water yards, fill fountains, or other non-drinking purposes. Rain barrels may also help prevent flooding by capturing and rerouting stormwater.   

SET AUTOMATIC SPRINKLERS TO SAVE

Set automatic sprinklers to water twice per week (or less) no more than 40 minutes per day (when the sun has gone down or before the sun comes up). 

TURN OFF SPRINKLERS DURING WINTER

Turn off automatic sprinklers between November 1 and February 28. Grass is dormant in the winter and does not need regular watering. 

PLANTS 

MULCH 

Mulch saves water by reducing soil evaporation. 

USE NATIVE PLANTS 

Plants native to Houston have adapted to the climate and rainfall & do not need extra water. 

SIDEWALKS & DRIVEWAYS 

KEEP WATER OFF SIDEWALKS 

Aim automatic sprinkler heads to hit the lawn and not the sidewalk. Water less to reduce runoff. Clean sidewalks and driveways with a broom instead of a hose.

USE CAR WASHES 

Wash cars at car wash, not at home. Most car washes recycle used water.

POOLS 

USE A POOL COVER 

Pool covers reduce evaporation.  

 


 

TOP INDOOR WATER SAVING TIPS 

CHECK & FIX LEAKS 

A leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons per day. This could cost up to $130 per month. Watch video: How to Fix a Leaky Toilet

Dripping faucets are usually caused by old or broken parts. This can be fixed with a faucet repair kit, available at local hardware stores.  

Watch videos: Indoor Leak Repair | Outdoor Leak Repair 

Renting? Report leaks to the building management or landlord.  

REVIEW UTILITY BILL 

If the bill goes up one month, check for leaks and extra unnecessary usage. Sign-up for eBills & usage alerts at houstonwater.org.  

BATHROOM 

TURN OFF THE FAUCET  

Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth, scrubbing hands or shaving, to save over 2,000 gallons and up to $360 per year.

INSTALL WATER EFFICIENT APPLIANCES 

Recommended WaterSense products use less water and can save money.  

Swap-A-Showerhead: Get a Free showerhead at any of these events by trading old inefficient showerheads for water saving ones (limit 2 per household).

City of Houston Plumbing Codes require: 

  • Toilets 1.28 Gallons Per Flush 
  • Showerheads 2.0 
  • Urinals .5 
TAKE SHORTER SHOWERS 

Shower 5 minutes or less and save over 10 gallons of water each time. That’s over 3,600 gallons per year.   

ONLY FLUSH THE 3 P’S 

Pee, poo & toilet paper should be the only things that go down the toilet.  

LAUNDRY 

WASH ONLY FULL LOADS 

Wash full loads and use the shortest cycle on cold wash.

KITCHEN 

RUN DISHWASHER WHEN FULL  

Using a dishwasher is more efficient than washing dishes by hand. Wash only full loads on the shortest cycle.  

USE FEWER DISHES 

Designate one glass for drinking water each day or refill a water bottle. 

PETS 

REUSE WATER 

Use pet’s old drinking water to water plants. 

 


 

RESOURCES 

FREE High-Efficient Showerheads (map of events) - trade a low-efficient showerhead for a new one.  

Protect Our Pipes - save on fines and plumbing costs by only flushing the 3P’s and disposing of cooking waste in the trash. 

City of Houston Water Conservation Plan  

Questions, request a presentation or share a conservation tipWaterConservation@houstontx.gov  

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