Website, app help Texas homeowners reduce yard water use

More than 50% of water used on lawns and landscaping is wasted due to overwatering, inefficient watering practices and broken or poorly maintained irrigation systems. Education is essential to conserving municipal water.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is working with water districts, cities and public utilities on Water My Yard, an innovative program that helps homeowners use science-based methods to determine irrigation needs. The website and smartphone app use simple, intuitive images and information prompts to recommend exactly how much water is needed — or how long to run irrigation systems — to keep lawns and landscaping healthy without overwatering.

In addition to conserving water for future uses, water-saving practices result in economic savings. Currently, there are more than 21,600 participants in the Water My Yard program, with estimated total water savings of 1,770 million gallons per year. This equates to water cost savings of $6.4 million.

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