Fall weather is unpredictable! Unexpected rainstorms can cause your lawn to get too much water. Rain sensors protect your lawn from overwatering by shutting off your sprinkler system during and after rainstorms. For more tips on how to save water—and money—visit www.nfbwa.com/water-saving-tips.
Date: October 31, 2023
Inframark is making an emergency repair in Cinco Ranch along Summerside Dr. As a result, customers in the area may experience little to no water pressure during this time.
Our crews will be diligently working on this over the next couple of hours to complete the repair and have service restored. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
As the outdoor temperatures continue to rise, your landscaping will need more water. But, how much more?
Watering too much can compromise plant health and increase your monthly water bill.
Cinco MUD No. 7 has been placed in the “Stage 1: Mild Drought” stage of its Drought Contingency Plan. In this stage, residents are asked to voluntarily reduce water consumption whenever possible. Please try to remain conscious of your water usage while we all proceed through this together. Every drop counts!
- Even numbered addresses are requested to limit irrigation to Sundays and Thursdays.
- Odd numbered addresses are requested to limit irrigation to Saturdays and Wednesdays
- Irrigation should only be done between the hours of midnight at 10 am or between 8 pm and midnight on designated watering days.
Listed below are some of the many steps that all residents of our community can easily do to reduce consumption.
Ways to Conserve Water in the Yard
- Use a broom, not a water hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks.
- When your kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler were your lawn needs it most.
- Set a timer to remind you when to turn off the sprinklers. A running hose can let out up to 10 gallons of water per minute.
- Water during the early morning or evening hours since evaporation losses will be up to 60 percent higher during the day.
- Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Mulch will slow evaporation of moisture while discouraging weed growth.
Ways to Conserve Water in the Bathroom
- When running a bath, plug the bathtub before turning on the faucet. Then, adjust the temperature as the water is running.
- Better yet, take five-minute showers instead of baths. A full bathtub requires up to 70 gallons of water. If you keep your shower under five minutes, you will save up to 1,000 gallons per month.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and you can save up to four gallons per minute. That equals 200 gallons per week for a family of four.
- Check faucets and shower heads for leaks and make sure you turn them off tightly after each use. One drip every second adds up to five gallons per day. Install aerators and flow reducers in sinks and shower faucets.
- Test your toilets for leaks – toilet leaks can be silent! A good way to check is by putting food coloring in your toilet tank – if it seeps into the bowl without flushing, then there is a leak that needs fixing
Ways to Conserve Water in the Kitchen
- Use your dishwasher- it uses less water than washing dishes by hand. Make sure it is a full load before starting a cycle, and you will save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
- If you have to wash a few pots by hand rinsing, turn the water off when you are not rinsing. Better yet, instead of running the water while you scrub the pots and pans, soak them in soap and water.
- Use a designated water bottle or glass to refill all day, allowing you to cut down the number of glasses to wash.
- Defrost food in the refrigerator rather than running it under the faucet. Cook food in as little water as possible to conserve water and retain more nutrients.
- If you accidentally drop ice cubes, place them in a house plant instead of tossing them in the sink.
Ways to Conserve Water in the Laundry
- Wash only a full load when using an automatic washing machine (32 to 59 gallons are required per load).
- Use the lowest water-level setting possible on the washing machine for light or partial loads.
Cinco Ranch Residents – We are aware of the pressure issues in your District. Inframark is working diligently to restore pressure as soon as possible.
You have the opportunity to receive a credit towards your water bill when you purchase and install high efficiency appliances or water saving items for your landscape! Items range from nozzles on sprinkler heads to the clothes washer in the laundry room.
Visit www.nfbwa.com/resident-rebate for more information.
Check your sprinkler system annually to conserve water and manage your water usage. The NFBWA’s free irrigation evaluation program provides a licensed irrigator to check your water settings and make recommendations. Visit www.nfbwa.com/wise-guys to sign up for a FREE evaluation.
How much should you water your lawn?
The Water My Yard tool provides customized watering recommendations to keep your lawn healthy. You’ll get weekly messages to make sure you have the most up-to-date recommendations.
Take the guesswork out of water maintenance and sign up at www.nfbwa.com/water-my-yard.
Winter weather and freezing temperatures are expected this week across Texas. The National Weather Service is forecasting widespread freezing temperatures on Friday and Saturday morning (12/23 – 12/24). In such conditions, it is imperative to protect the “Four P’s”: People, pets, pipes and plants.
- Keep warm, stay inside if possible.
- If you need to go out, dress in layers and wear hats, gloves and an appropriate coat.
- Avoid overexertion, as cold weather puts added strain on your body.
- Bring pets inside, and move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas.
- Keep adequate food and water available.
- Disconnect outdoor hoses, drain and store in protected area.
- Wrap exposed faucets and pipes – including those outside the house or in unheated crawl spaces, attics, garages and other areas.
- Bring potted plants inside or store in garage near interior wall to provide extra warmth and protection from wind.
- For cold-sensitive outdoor plants, put down extra mulch and consider covering with a cloth fabric of some kind to shield the plants from wind and frost.
Additionally, if you have an irrigation system, turn off the water to the system at your backflow preventer and then drain the system so your irrigation pipes and sprinkler heads are not damaged.
As it pertains to the dripping of faucets, we are asking and advising our residents and customers NOT to drip their faucets. This could cause a dip in water pressure at your facility. If you reside within the greater Houston area and are part of the Regional Water Authorities (West Harris County Regional Water Authority, North Fort Bend Regional Water Authority, North Harris County Regional Water Authority), or receive water from the City of Houston, dripping faucets will put a strain on the system resulting in low pressure or even depleting the water system.
The following sites can also be used as a source of information and to keep you updated:
- Forecasts: National Weather Service Houston-Galveston
- Winter Weather Safety: National Weather Service
- Local Road Conditions: Houston TranStar
- State Road Conditions: DriveTexas.org
- Space Heater Safety: National Fire Protection Association
- Draining Your Home Plumbing System: The Spruce