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Posted on: May 5, 2019

[ARCHIVED] National Drinking Water Week

Water is one of League City's most valuable resources, but where does it come from? 

From May 5 to 11, the City of League City will be participating in "National Drinking Water Week" to encourage you to know our local water source and recognize the critical role water plays in our everyday lives so that we can better protect and preserve it.

The American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week for more than 40 years. This year’s theme, “Protect the Source,” encourages people to learn more about the source of their drinking water and why its protection is critical to our health. 

To commemorate the week, the City will be sharing daily tips on its social media pages to promote water conservation in the community and provide information on how residents can understand and appreciate their water. You can visit for information about our water source and available tips to conserve water.

Water Conservation Tips for Residents

For every room in the house with plumbing

  • Repair leaky faucets, indoors and out.

  • Consider replacing old equipment (like toilets, dishwashers and laundry machines).

    In the Kitchen

  • When cooking, peel and clean vegetables in a large bowl of water instead of under running water.

  • Fill your sink or basin when washing and rinsing dishes.

  • Only run the dishwasher when it's full.

  • When buying a dishwasher, select one with a "light-wash" option.

  • Only use the garbage disposal when necessary (composting is a great alternative).

  • Install faucet aerators.

    In the bathroom

  • Take short showers instead of baths.

  • Turn off the water to brush teeth, shave and soap up in the shower. Fill the sink to shave.

  • Repair leaky toilets. Add 12 drops of food coloring into the tank, and if color appears in the bowl one hour later, your toilet is leaking.

  • Install a toilet dam, faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads.Laundry

  • Run full loads of laundry.

  • When purchasing a new washing machine, buy a water saving model that can be adjusted to the load size.


  • When mowing your lawn, set the mower blades to 2-3 inches high. Longer grass shades the soil improving moisture retention, has more leaf surface to take in sunlight, allowing it to grow thicker and develop a deeper root system. This helps grass survive drought, tolerate insect damage and fend off disease.

  • Only water the lawn when necessary. If you water your lawn and garden, only do it once a week, if rainfall isn't sufficient. Avoid watering on windy and hot days. Use soaker hoses to water gardens and flower beds. If sprinklers are used, take care to be sure they don't water walkways and buildings. When you water, put down no more than 1 inch (set out a empty cans to determine how long it takes to water 1 inch) each week. This watering pattern will encourage more healthy, deep grass roots. Over-watering is wasteful, encourages fungal growth and disease, and results in the growth of shallow, compacted root systems that are more susceptible to drought and foot traffic. If an automatic lawn irrigation system is used, be sure it has been properly installed, is programmed to deliver the appropriate amount and rate of water, and has rain shut-off capability.

  • Apply mulch around shrubs and flower beds to reduce evaporation, promote plant growth and control weeds.

  • Add compost or an organic matter to soil as necessary, to improve soil conditions and water retention.

  • Collect rainfall for irrigation in a screened container (to prevent mosquito larvae growth).

  • When washing a car, wet it quickly, then use a bucket of water to wash the car. Turn on the hose to final rinse .

  • Always use a broom to clean walkways, driveways, decks and porches, rather than hosing off these areas.

Water is an essential resource for our homes, businesses, and community. If you save water, you save money and energy and you help save the environment. The City of League City is committed to using water efficiently and helping residents use water wisely.  Additional information about water efficiency can be found by clicking on the links below:

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