The Bryan/College Station region has seen rapid population growth over the past decade. Combine this fact with below average rainfalls over most of the state, and we are faced with a need to prioritize water conservation and efficiency. So what can homeowners do to conserve water yet still have plenty for necessities and beautiful landscaping?
Low flow faucets and shower heads have been standard features for a number of years. Increasingly common are dual flush toilets, which yield significant savings. Most interestingly, the Texas Water Development Board encourages relatively new practices called greywater recycling and rainwater harvesting systems.
In greywater recycling, systems use water from laundry, sinks, and showers for landscape irrigation and toilet flushing. Shower, bath, and laundry account for 55% of total water use in a typical home. Toilet flushing accounts for 30% of total water use. This system is best incorporated during construction and significantly reduces the amount of fresh water used in a home.
Rainwater harvesting is also increasing in popularity. Rainwater harvesting can be as simple as placing a small container under a downspout to sophisticated systems storing thousands of gallons of water. This water collected can be stored for later use in landscape irrigation, which reduces demand on potable water systems. Rainwater harvesting also mitigates floodwater runoff.
These are just a few of the ways we can conserve water on our own properties here in the Brazos Valley.
Clay Lee – Realtor
Century 21 Beal, Inc.
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