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Posted on: October 19, 2018

[ARCHIVED] 4-27-18 Water Conservation Plan Takes Effect May 1

Simple steps to reduce water usage now can prevent future restrictions.

The City of Killeen Water Conservation Plan is in effect each year from May 1 through September 30. The plan establishes four stages beginning with voluntary conservation and progressing to mandatory restrictions.

 

Killeen will automatically enter Stage 1, public education and voluntary conservation, Tuesday. This stage imposes no restrictions but encourages residents to begin voluntarily conserving water so that further restrictions may be prevented.


Water demand trends up in the summer as temperatures rise and outdoor activities pick up. Increased demand can strain the water supply, so daily steps to reduce use can lessen the demand and extend the supply.


The City offers the following tips for reducing daily water usage:


Repair leaky faucets, fixtures and pipes

Turn water off while washing dishes, brushing teeth or shaving

Scrape dishes instead of rinsing before placing them in the dishwasher

Rinse produce in a pan of water then reuse remaining water on household plants

Check toilets for leaks by adding food coloring to the tank; if color appears in the bowl, you have a leak

Take showers instead of baths; install low-flow shower heads

Wash only full loads of laundry when possible, or use the lowest water level setting for light or partial loads

Use sprinklers that produce large drops of water instead of mist

Set sprinkler systems to water 1 inch every 5 days between midnight and 10 a.m.

Adjust sprinkler heads that are spraying sidewalks, driveways or streets

Use drip irrigation for flower beds, shrubs and trees

Condition soil with mulch or compost to retain moisture

Set lawnmower on higher setting; taller grass retains more moisture

Use a bucket of water to wash vehicles; only turn on hose for rinsing


The full Water Conservation Plan is available at killeentexas.gov/wcp.

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