5 Basic Ways to Conserve Water

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The following are helpful hints we hope will both impact your water bill, and give you the knowledge to contribute in conserving one of our nation’s greatest resources. In addition to item #2, we are happy to provide “Checking for Water Leaks Tablets”, which can be picked up at our District Office, at your convenience.

Install A High Efficiency Toilet (HET)

Water conservation efforts and related government requirements have reduced water consumption in toilets from 5 or more gallons per flush (gpf) through the 1970’s, to 3.5 gpf in the 1980’s, to the current 1.6 gpf in toilets sold in the US since 1994. Even so, the toilet is still the biggest user of water inside most homes. New legislation requires that only High Efficiency Toilets (HET) using no more than 1.28 gpf be available for sale in the US, and will be mandated by code in many parts of the country – starting with California on January 1, 2014.

Dual Flush technology has been in use for many years in water conscious Australia and other parts of the world but is only just now coming to North America. Dual Flush is simpler and less expensive than other water-saving toilet alternatives and it allows you to choose the right flush each time:

  • Less water for liquid waste (half flush)
  • More water for solid waste (full flush)

Dual Flush technology allows you to reduce the amount of water used to flush liquids while maintaining the required amount needed to flush solids. Whereas, almost 50% of the toilets still being used in the U.S. and Canada are 3.5 gpf or greater, Dual Flush technology allows the consumer to convert their high capacity toilet to a more efficient water and money saving toilet. Although water savings potential is higher in 3.5 gpf or larger toilets, there are benefits to using the Dual Flush technology in 1.6 and 1.28 gpf toilets. Dual Flush technology will allow you to reduce the water used for a half-flush to 1.1 gallons or lower, offering substantial savings without sacrificing flushing performance.

Why DUO FLUSH by Fluidmaster?

DUO FLUSH™ allows you to take advantage of Dual Flush technology without compromising flush performance.

Fluidmaster products offer these Competitive Advantages:

  • Fits more toilets than any other dual flush conversion valve
  • Maximizes toilet performance and water-savings
  • Outperforms all other dual flush conversion valves
  • Installs in 25 minutes

For more information, visit: FluidMaster.com.

Cease The Grease Campaign

The Cease the Grease Campaign is a regional campaign, coordinated by the Galveston Bay Foundation, with the purpose of reducing sanitary sewer overflows through public education and awareness.

When cooking waste like fats, oils, and grease (FOG) go down the drain, sewer pipes get blocked or damaged. These clogged pipes cause sewer overflows which introduce harmful bacteria into Galveston Bay and the environment. Protect your home and the bay by properly disposing of FOG.

Aging infrastructure, combined with improper disposal of FOG in single and multi-family homes, can lead to costly problems for both local governments and citizens in terms of sewer lines, home plumbing repairs, and environmental remediation.

Help Us To Fight The Grease Monster!

  • Never dump any fats, oils, or grease down the drain
  • Clean fats and grease from cookware and throw in the trash
  • Once cooled, store oil in the freezer in a jar or bag
  • Once the container is full, throw it away or recycle if possible

For more information, please visit CeaseTheGrease.net

Beat The Grease Monster!

Beast The Grease Monster!

Beast The Grease Monster!

Patty Potty: My Do Not Flush List!

People are flushing all kinds of things down the toilet!

It’s not a trash can, you know!

Some paper products and wipes are advertised as ‘flushable’ but they aren’t. Sure, they will flush down, but they won’t flush OUT. Wipes won’t decompose… they get caught up in wastewater treatment plant screens and filters — and that costs money to clear and repair!

Please help protect water quality and our environment and prevent costly water treatment plant repairs, as well!

Who is Patty Potty?

Created by Russ Lambert, the Co-Founder and Creative Director, of Save Water Texas Coalition, Patty is a 1950’s housewife… somewhat prissy, often bossy, and completely in charge of her home and family. She is a little uncomfortable having to talk about toilet topics but overcomes her reluctance because her mother taught her to tackle issues head on. Patty grew up in an era in which talking about bathroom practices was strictly taboo…and certainly not to be discussed in mixed company.

On the DO NOT FLUSH list are several products the names of which no proper woman would ever allow to pass her lips – like condoms and female sanitary products. Kids, on the other hand, have always loved “potty talk” — just not in front of their mothers!

Patty Potty’s DO NOT FLUSH LIST:

  • diapers
  • paper towels
  • facial tissue
  • cotton swabs
  • baby wipes
  • adult wipes
  • hair
  • gum wrappers
  • candy wrappers
  • facial pads
  • dental floss
  • cigarettes
  • cotton balls
  • scoops of kitty litter
  • women’s hygiene products
  • all purpose cleaning wipes
  • adhesive bandages
  • makeup remover wipes

For more information on Patty Potty and her water saving tips, please visit PattyPotty.com.