Water Saving Tips for Dallas HOAs

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 By: Metroplex

Although water restrictions in Dallas have been lifted, state and local autorities are considering setting permanent water restrictions in place in order to continue conserving their water supply. With the historic drought of last year still looming over the state, these restrictions might not be such a bad idea. Talk with your Dallas HOA management company about possible restrictions in your community.

Restrictions or no restrictions, it is important that everyone chip in to help conserve water in their Dallas HOA. You can easily reduce your indoor water consumption by 20-40% without purchasing expensive equipment. Reducing your indoor water use is not only beneficial to the environment, but it can also lead to substantial savings on your bills each month.

Following these simple indoor water saving tips and consulting with your Dallas HOA management company can help lower your water usage:

  • Avoid the garbage disposal. It uses a lot of unnecessary water and can lead to problems with septic systems. Start a compost pile instead!
  • Limit using your dishwasher if possible. Washing your dishes in the sink can help to reduce water. If you do use an automatic dishwasher, try to use only with a full load.
  • Use the refrigerator to cool down your water. If you have to run your tap while waiting to fill up your glass with cold water, you could be collecting the water in pitcher and letting it cool down in the refrigerator for later use.
  • Conventional toilets use a lot of water at a rate of five to seven gallons of water per flush! You can reduce this simply by placing a couple of plastic bottles filled with water in the toilet tank.
  • Install a low-flow aerator on your showerhead and sink. These aerators are easy to install and can be purchased at your local hardware supply store. They can reduce the water flow in the shower from the usual five to 10 gallons per minute to approximately three gallons per minute.
  • Try to not leave the faucet turned on while brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Try cutting back on your shower time. Taking shorter showers can greatly reduce water usage. During droughts, it is even recommended that you turn off the water while soaping up.

Remember, less water equals less energy, leading to even greater savings each month. Visit Audubon International for more conservation tips. It’s estimated that over 45,000 gallons of water were saved each day during the enforced water restrictions in Dallas. Just think, if every homeowner that lives in a Dallas homeowners association does their part, then the savings would be enormous! Check with your Dallas HOA management company about different ways your association can conserve water during these hotter spring and summer months.

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