Tools and Resources
Water My Yard
Automatic irrigation systems often are improperly programmed and can lead to overwatering. LCRA has partnered with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to offer the free
Water My Yard program, which provides recommendations on how long to run irrigation systems efficiently while maintaining healthy lawns.
The program uses a home or business address, irrigation system information and local weather information to recommend outdoor irrigation runtimes for specific neighborhoods. By filling out a simple online form, residents and business owners can receive weekly email or text message updates on optimal watering times for their specific neighborhoods.
See Water My Yard service areas in LCRA's service area:
Home Water Works
Find quick and easy ways to save water for
business. When you conserve water, you also
conserve energy. Use the
interactive water calculator to learn how much water various household activities can use.
WaterSmart landscaping for Central Texas
Thin soils, hot weather and periodic droughts punctuated by torrential downpours make gardening in Central and South Texas a challenge. LCRA adopted
WaterSmart landscape guidelines to help homeowners and homebuilders create well-designed, water-efficient landscapes.
- To reduce evaporation:
- During the hot summer months, water lawns early in the morning. Water waste can occur when watering outside of approved time periods and allowing water to run onto pavement.
- Use a sprinkler that produces large drops of water at a low angle, rather than fine mist.
- Use drip irrigation systems for bedded plants, trees and shrubs.
In the bathroom
- Take a shower versus a bath. Showers with high-efficiency showerheads often use less water than filling a bathtub.
- Test toilets for leaks. Add a few drops of food coloring or a dye tablet to the water tank. Without flushing the toilet, watch to see if the coloring appears in the bowl within a few minutes. If color is present in the bowl, the toilet has a silent leak and needs to be repaired.
- When brushing teeth or shaving, turn the water off when it is not in use.
In the kitchen
- Use a pan of water (or place a stopper in the sink) for washing and rinsing pots, pans, dishes, and cooking implements rather than continuously running water.
- Never run the dishwasher without a full load.
- Keep a container of drinking water in the refrigerator rather than running water from the tap until it is cool.
- Use a small pan of cold water when cleaning vegetables and fruit rather than letting the water run over them.
Resources from LCRA customers
Find information about some of our customers' water conservation programs, rebate programs, watering schedules and free irrigation system evaluations.
Rainwater harvesting resources