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Water Less, Y'all

Save Texas Big - Water Less Y'all

Did you know that as much as 80% of water use in the summer months is for outdoor watering, and a lot can be wasted in the process? Inefficient watering can place our main drinking water sources at greater risk and lower the levels of lakes many people use for boating, fishing and nature viewing.
North Texas has been in a drought and conditions can worsen at any time, which is why conservation is so important. Help us save water now to keep our lakes going strong all summer long.
Help us save water Texas Big when you:
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Learn more about current drought conditions:

Scroll down for additional water-saving tips for the summer.
It’s estimated that half of that water may be wasted due to poorly designed and maintained irrigation systems or watering at the wrong time of the day or for too long. Remember, yards are tougher in Texas!

Give these water-saving tips a try, and you’ll be a real Texas hero:

  • Sign up for weekly watering tips: The program recommends the amount of supplemental water needed to maintain a healthy lawn each week based on current local weather conditions. Consider it a custom watering plan! 
  • Do the Texas Two-Step and play Texas Hold ‘em:  Water no more than two days a week and only before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. Hold off watering after it’s rained or when rain is in the forecast, as well as during windy conditions. This is backed up by research from turfgrass experts at Texas A&M, as seen and in this .
  • Check and update your sprinklers: Regularly check your sprinklers for leaks, broken heads or heads spraying on hard surfaces (patios, driveways). Updating your irrigation system to efficiency rotary sprinklers is also easy and has Texas Big savings for water and money. See irrigation tips .
  • Play Texas hold'em - only water when it’s needed: Avoid watering when raining - turn off sprinklers when rain or wind are forecasted. An easy way to see if your lawn needs water is to insert a soil moisture gauge or a long screwdriver into the soil. If the screwdriver easily inserts into the soil, like a toothpick into a cake, your lawn does not need watering. If it’s hard to push in the soil, it’s time to water.
  • Cycle and soak: This method of watering helps water go deeper into the roots which is better for the plants. (5-6 minutes each) and wait one hour between each cycle.
  • Add a smart controller: Consider upgrading to an for improved watering efficiency.
  • Install drip irrigation: Drip irrigation is the most efficient way to apply water to landscapes. Use drip irrigation or soaker hoses to water flower beds, gardens, young trees and your home’s foundation.
  • Think ahead: select the right plant for the right place: Texas and do better in local growing conditions. Group plants with similar water needs in the same location to help avoid overwatering. Soil amendments (compost and mulch) retain water in the soil and improve plant health. 
  • Learn about Water Efficient Lawn & Garden Care for North Texas: Check out all the best outdoor water-saving tips in
The are projected to grow nearly fivefold by 2070. To meet future needs, Upper Trinity is relying on conservation as part of its plan.  If we all do our part, we can stretch our limited water supplies further. So, Water Less, Y’all!