Killeen entered Stage 1 of the water conservation plan May 1, and the city is asking residents to pay attention to how they are using water.
Stage 1 of the water conservation plan, public education and voluntary conservation, imposes no restrictions, but it is the time for residents to begin conserving voluntarily.
“While we have not yet experienced the drought and extreme heat of last summer, we should all be looking at ways to reduce our water usage,” says Hilary Shine, the city’s public information director. “Our water conservation plan lays out stages from awareness to extreme restriction. It should be a common goal that we each adjust our consumption voluntarily so that we don’t reach mandatory restrictions.”
The city offers the following tips to reduce daily water usage:
• Repair leaky faucets, fixtures, and pipes
• Turn water off while washing dishes, brushing teeth, or shaving
• Use garbage disposal sparingly, compost vegetable scraps and yard waste instead
• Scrape dishes instead of rinsing before placing them in the dishwasher
• Rinse produce in a pan of water then reuse remaining water on household plants
• Keep a container of water in the refrigerator instead of running water until it is cold
• Check toilets for leaks by adding food coloring to the tank; if color appears in the bowl, you have a leak
• Never use the toilet to dispose of trash
• Take showers instead of baths
• Install low-flow shower heads
• Reduce shower time or install a cutoff valve
• Wash only full loads of laundry when possible, or use the lowest water level setting for light or partial loads
• Use cold water for laundry as often as possible to save energy
• Use sprinklers that produce large drops of water instead of mist
• Set sprinkler systems to water 1 inch every 5 days
• Adjust sprinkler heads that are spraying sidewalks, driveways, or streets
• Use drip irrigation for flower beds, shrubs and trees
• Condition soil with mulch or compost to retain moisture
• Set lawnmower on higher setting; taller grass retains more moisture
• Use a bucket of water to wash vehicles and only turn on hose for rinsing
• Do not water driveways, streets or sidewalks
Killeen City Council adopted a water conservation plan in 1998. The plan is in effect from May 1 to September 30 each year.
More information about the water conservation plan is available on the city’s website, www.killeentexas.gov/wcp.