In the next 10 years the population in North Texas is expected to rise to 9.5 million people. While the population continues to rise, our water supply does not. Now more than ever before we must focus on conservation and use our water wisely.
Average Daily Household Water Use
A typical household uses approximately 260 gallons of water every day. There are many ways to conserve that are easy and ultimately cost effective. We can reduce this amount by using these ten simple steps to water conservation.
- Install low-flow showerheads, taps, faucets, and toilets. Older faucets use between 3 and 7 gallons per minute (GPM), while low-flow aerators reduce water flow to 1.5 GPM. Likewise, a low-flow toilet can reduce water consumption per flush by approximately 30%. High efficiency toilets can save an average household 2,500 gallons a year per toilet.
- Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, shaving, washing your hands, or rinsing dishes or vegetables. Each minute you have the faucet off saves at least 3 gallons. In the shower, get wet, turn off the water to lather, and then turn the water back on to rinse. To make this an easy step, some low-flow showerheads have levers to temporarily stop the flow of water.
- Fix dripping taps and leaking toilets by replacing washers and worn parts. A faucet drip or invisible leak in the toilet will waste up to 5,475 gallons a year. To check for toilet leaks, add 10 drops of food coloring to the tank. Wait 15 minutes. If the color appears in the bowl, you have a leak.
- Place Plastic jugs filled with sand or stones in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water it uses per flush. Don't use bricks, which can flake off inside the tank and interfere with the toilet's operation.
- Wash only full loads in both the dishwasher and washing machine, or set the water levels to accommodate smaller loads.
- Use mulch and shade netting to reduce evaporation in your garden. Mulch helps the soil stay moist, and as an added benefit, reduces weeds, which are water gluttons. Water only when plants wilt or when it's difficult to push a screwdriver into the soil.
- Use biodegradable (phosphate-free) detergents and soaps and re-use dishwater in the garden. If you want to make an even greater impact, consider plumbing your house to a gray-water system that collects water from your sinks, washing machine, baths, and showers for irrigating (check your local water regulations first).
- Xeriscape. Is much like natural landscaping, however instead of looking for plants that are native to your region, you are also looking for plants that have the ability to thrive on little to no supplemental irrigation throughout the year.
- Plant densely in your garden. The denser the vegetation, the more water that can be stored. Decreasing the amount of water that gets evaporated, this turns a higher percentage of water into productive water decreasing the amount of supplemental irrigation needed.
- Inspect your irrigation system to ensure it is operating correctly, identify any problems and set it to run more efficiently.
A Little Goes a Long Way
The potable water supply on this Earth is finite. With that being said, we have many tools we can use to extend and replenish the life of our water supply. It is our responsibility just as much as the next generation's to do everything that we can to conserve; not just for yourself, but for your children as well. We at Kaufman 1-B are simply requesting you be mindful of the water you are using and where it is going, for that alone could save countless gallons across the district.
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View the Kaufman 1-B Drought Contingency Plan
- Request voluntary reductions in water use
- Increase education efforts on water conservation
- Intensify efforts on leak detection and repair
- Reduce non-essential public water use
- Notify major water users and work with them to achieve voluntary water use reductions
- Reduce public irrigation usage by HOAs, etc.
- Ask the public to follow voluntary watering schedules
- Continue actions from Phase 1
- Initiate engineering studies to evaluate alternatives should conditions worsen
- Accelerate education programs for water conservation
- Halt non-essential public water use (street cleaning, etc.)
- Encourage the public to wait on installation of new landscaping
- Prohibit watering from 5:00 am - 9:00 am and 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
- Require District water users to comply with a two-day per week watering schedule for automatic and hose-end sprinklers
- Restrict watering during spring/summer to 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (April 1 through October 31)
- Prohibit planting of cool season grasses (e.g. ryegrass)
- Continue actions from Phases 1 and 2
- Prohibit hosing of paved areas
- Prohibit operation of ornamental fountains
- Prohibit washing or rinsing of vehicles except by hose and cutoff nozzle
- Prohibit using water in a manner that creates runoff
- Limit watering of landscaping to once every 7 days (some exceptions apply)
- Require District water users to follow a once a week watering schedule (see below)
- Limit landscape watering usage to once every other week for the period of November 1 through March 31
- Prohibit hydroseeding and hydromulching
- Prohibit draining and refilling of swimming pools
- Initiate rate surcharges as directed
- Initiate surcharge on high users
- Prohibit watering of golf courses
- Continue actions from Phases 1, 2 and 3
- Implement viable alternative water supply strategies
Stage 3 Details
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Watering Restriction Schedule for Kaufman 1-B residents
Landscape Watering with Sprinklers or Irrigation Systems is limited to once every week between the hours of 6:00 pm and 10:00 am only on the days specified below:
- Street addresses ending with 0,2,4,6,8 - Monday
- Street addresses ending with 1,3,5,7,9 - Tuesday
- Schools, parks, and other public areas - Wednesday
Landscape Watering with Hand-Held Hose or Low-Volume, Non-Spray (soaker hose) Irrigation is permitted for trees, shrubs, flowers, vegetables, gardens, and any other landscaping on any day for up to two hours.
New Landscaping - watering as needed is permitted without restriction for 30 days from date of installation.
Home Car Washing - permitted any time, any day with the use of a shut-off spray nozzle.
Fundraising Car Washes - Prior to event contact Inframark at 972-552-9496.
Swimming Pools - Existing pools may be minimally filled to compensate for any water loss or evaporation. Pools may not be completely drained and refilled unless necessary for repairs. Contact Inframark at 972-552-9496 prior to work.Washing Driveways, Patios, Fences, and Other Surfaces - prohibited.
Power Washing - permitted on the prohibited surfaces listed above when using high pressure washers since pressure washing systems are designed to use minimal amounts of water.
Water use restrictions are mandatory and are enforced by the District's service provider who monitors for compliance on a scheduled basis. If a violation is observed, a warning notice is placed on the resident's front door. If the warning is not heeded, fines are assessed on a progressive basis and water service may be disconnected after a third violation has been observed. Fines are assessed as follows:
- First Violation - Courtesy Letter
- Second Violation - $200
- Third Violation - $400
- Fourth Violation - $800 plus disconnect
- Fifth Violation - $1,600
- Sixth Violation - $3,200
- Seventh Violation - $6,400
- Eighth Violation - $12,800
Call Inframark at 972-552-9496 to report violations. We recognize that not all violations are intentional. The resident may not be aware that a sprinkler system is malfunctioning, is incorrectly programmed or that some other problem exists.
For Additional Information on Water Restrictions
North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD)