Winter Water Conservation Tips

Water conservation is always important in Texas; however, many of us only think about conservation in the heat of summer or in times of drought. Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation District would like to emphasize the importance of year around water conservation. The following winter water conservation tips may not only help you conserve water, they may actually help you save some of those hard-earned dollars.

  • The weather is cooler now and regular watering is not needed. Turn off the automatic controller and water manually when needed.

  • Put a soil probe (or your shovel) into the soil 6 inches to see if it’s wet or dry. If wet, don’t water. If dry, water only enough to wet the root zone.

  • Check the sprinkler heads at least once a month to make sure they are not broken and watering the landscape, sidewalks, driveways, and streets.

  • Winterize outdoor spigots to avoid pipes bursting from freezing. Wrap them or get those handy covers from your local hardware store. Broken pipes waste water and may be a costly repair.

  • Indoor plumbing can be protected from freezing by leaving cabinet doors under sinks open. If you are going to be away from home, leave the home heating system on at a low setting to prevent indoor pipes from freezing.

  • Locate the master water shut off valve in your home and mark it for quick identification. If a water pipe were to burst, it could cause flooding and property damage, not to mention immense water waste, if the valve were left open.

  • Avoid using the toilet as a trash can for those winter cold tissues.

  • Aerate your lawn to encourage deep root growth so that your lawn will require less frequent watering during hot spells next summer.

  • Compost leaves and other garden debris to create healthy mulch for spring. Adding compost or mulch to your soil will help hold water in and minimize evaporation by keeping the soil covered and cool.

  • Avoid over-seeding your lawn with winter grass. Bermuda grasses are dormant (brown) in the winter and will only require water every three to four weeks.

  • Insulate hot water pipes so you don’t have to run as much water to get hot water to the faucet.

If you have additional winter water conservation tips, please contact MTGCD at 254-965-6705 or by email mtgcd1@centurylink.net. We would love to add your ideas to our list of tips!