It happens every year: residents of Killeen are called upon to make conservation efforts from May 1 through September 30. As the summer progresses, restrictions will be more stringent.

According to Killeen PIO Alison Walker, here are ways to reduce 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.
• 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.

More information about the water conservation plan and why you are required to do it, the city’s website,

We know not everyone loves the low-flow shower heads...

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