Drought Watch: Ways for Residents to Conserve

Wichita Falls residents will now be facing tougher restrictions with the trigger of Stage 4: Drought Disaster. In order to help conserve water, there are measures residents can take at home.

"Our water is vital. It's necessary we can't live without it," said James Lane Air Conditioning and Plumbing Project Manager Clayton Lane.

75% of water used in the home comes from the bathroom. Leaking toilets often contribute to wasting water, without residents even knowing about it. Plumbing experts recommend conducting a simple dye test for any leaks.

"Test the toilets to see if they're leaking with the test kits. Toilets can use up a lot of water daily," Brian Walser, President of Brian's Plumbing.

Residents can drop a dye tablet or liquid dye into the toilet. A leak can be detected if the dye appears in the toilet bowl. Also, upgrade older toilets with water efficient models. That can save almost 1.5 gallons per toilet flush. Fixing leaks, converting to low flow shower heads, and taking quicker showers will help conserve water in the bathroom.

The second largest water use occurs in the laundry room with 14%.

"You got to watch for those extra rinse cycles on your washing machine. A lot of the machines will wash 3, 4,5 times," said Lane.

Run the washing machine only when it's full. This can save up to 1,000 gallons a month. Washing dark colors in cold water saves on water and energy while it helps clothes keep their colors.

The kitchen takes up 11% of the water use in the home.

"The dishwashers actually save a lot of water than actually trying to wash the dishes in the sink yourself. If you fill up one side with water and with rinse, you're wasting a lot more water," said Walser.

Plumbing experts can't stress enough the importance of each resident's conservation efforts.

"It takes everybody to participate to make this thing work and save water," said Walser.

"We all have to get together as a community and make this happen. I mean we are all in this together," said Lane.

For more ways to conserve, visit the Wichita Falls website here.

Cynthia Kobayashi, Newschannel Six.