SAN ANGELO, TX — Those restrictions would mean outside watering would be limited to once every seven days and increase water rates by five percent.

The current drought level restricts outside watering to no more than twice every seven days and no more than 1 inch per week. Furthermore, watering is prohibited from 12 P.M. - 6 P.M. as is runoff that reaches more than 150 feet down any street, gutter, alley or ditch. Golf course greens may be watered daily except during the prohibited watering hours of noon to six. Despite recent rainfall water conservation has only become more critical in the Concho Valley prompting us to ask - how can we do our part?

Did you know that leaking toilets are one of the most common causes of unexpectedly high water use? In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that toilets are by far the main source of water use. The EPA reports that toilets account for nearly thirty percent of an average home's indoor water use. If they're leaking those numbers only get higher.

Here are some tips on how to spot a leaking toilet:

  • Listen for the flow of water when the toilet hasn't been flushed
  • Look for water constantly trickling into the toilet
  • Drop ten drops of food coloring into the toilet tank. Put the lid back on and do not flush. Wait at least 10-15 minutes, and then look in the bowl. If you see colored water, you have a leak.

Water conservation doesn't have to mean less gardening. Watering plants during the early morning or early evening minimizes water evaporation from the hot sun so your plants get all the moisture they need. Moreover, actively getting rid of weeds will make sure your plants aren't competing for this water. Finally, planting trees around your garden can reduce the soil and air temperature so that plants need even less water.

Report watering violations by clicking on this link or calling 325-657-4409. For more information, go to cosatx.us/water. Do your part; be water smart!

Article written by Jordan Butler