Extension Agent: 40-Gallon Challenge - Water Conservation Initiative
By Peter J. McGuill
April 2, 2013 at midnight
Updated April 1, 2013 at 11:02 p.m.
Simple water-saving practices
• Run dishwasher only when full
• Take shorter showers
• Turn off water while brushing teeth
• Fix leaky faucets and toilets
• Install low-flow toilets and shower heads
• Collect precipitation in a rain barrel
• Sweep, don't wash, driveways and sidewalks
• Water lawn after midnight and before 10 a.m.
• Repair leaky pipes and sprinkler heads
• Add mulch to trees and plants
Drought conditions, population growth and increasing water demands have put added stress on our finite water supply here in Texas and throughout the world.
Less than one percent of the Earth's water is freshwater available for drinking, bathing, cleaning, cooking, manufacturing and growing agricultural crops.
Many experts agree that the demands for fresh water will double every 20 years as the world population continues to grow.
The "40-Gallon Challenge" is a home water conservation initiative of the Southern Regional Water Program that is made up of extension programs in several of the southern states including Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
At the program's website, 40gallonchallenge.org, Texans can pledge to adopt water-saving practices and see how many gallons of water they can expect to save daily.
The website also shows the most popular practices being pledged, the pledged practices that are saving the most water daily and counties and states that are pledging the most daily savings.
By following the tips on the 40-gallon challenge website, anyone can save money on their water bills, too. To start saving water and take the challenge, go to the website and complete the checklist of water-saving practices. The checklist includes both indoor and outdoor water-saving tips.
For more information, contact the Victoria County office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service or the AgriLife Extension office in your county.
Peter J. McGuill is the Victoria County extension agent - ag and natural resources. Contact him at 361-575-4581 or firstname.lastname@example.org.