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Water, water, down the drain

Many lakes all around Texas completely dry up from the traditional summertime droughts
Many lakes all around Texas completely dry up from the traditional summertime droughts
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Summer is here. The thermometers are rising. And the lakes are only becoming lower. Many Texans know summer as a season composed of blistering suns, 100-minimum 100-degree days, high energy bills, and yellow lawns. But the thing that pains many Texans the most, especially when you get out of the major cities, is the low water levels.

Many municipal governments institute water limitations when summer comes and the drought hits full swing. D/FW, in particular, is notorious for existing inside a “weather bubble.” In other words, rain coming from the west has a tendency to split up and go around the Metroplex, skirting some of the outlying suburbs like Denton, Mineral Wells, Cleburne, and Waxahachie (if they are lucky) but leaving the main area where the most people are located high and dry. Relief is few and far between, and the rain that does come is usually accompanied by a severe thunderstorm, which really does not help water levels at all.

The municipal water bans generally apply to lawn care, and while they do help, lawn care barely accounts for a quarter of the home’s water consumption. The greatest amount of water is actually used in the bathroom, and there are many things you can do to conserve your water. And while the impression made by a single house may be negligible, it’s easy to get your neighbors involved with a water conservation program that will save your city thousands of gallons of water in a given month.

The good people at have compiled a wonderful list detailing how a house can save water in the bathroom. One of the biggest things the author would recommend his readers to follow is investing in a low flow shower head, which can save a family of 4 $130 a year on water and electricity costs if you use a water heater. They can also come for as cheap as $10 to as high as $50 if you want multiple settings. This is just one of many things you can do to conserve on water, while helping everybody else out in the process.