Tag Archives: water

Water Conservation

The 40 Gallon Challenge is a nationwide call for residents and business to reduce water use by 40 gallons per person, per day. Drought conditions, increased water demands, and water wasting habits put strains on our region’s water supply and this can have negative impacts on our energy consumption, the local environment, and our wallets. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, water delivery and treatment consumes a considerable amount of energy, about 56 billion kilowatt-hours per year or roughly enough energy to power 5 million homes for… Read More →

Household Landscape Watering

As winter starts to wind down and the weather warms up, people naturally start moving outdoors and thinking about their gardens. There are a few things to check prior to planting those new plants. Your watering system should be one of the first items to check. The EPA estimates that in dry climates like that of Texas, a household’s outdoor water use can exceed the amount of water used for all other residential purposes! In some households, during summer, as much as 60% of a total water budget could be… Read More →

Drink More Water!

As the temperatures keep rising this summer, don’t forget to stay hydrated!  When you make your choice for a drink to keep you cool, try making water your first choice.  A recent study from the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics provides evidence that drinking water over other drinks can help control our weight.  I bet everyone would raise a glass of water to that! The study looked at the eating and drinking habits of more than 18,000 adults between 2005 and 2012.  The researchers found that people… Read More →

Household Water Conservation

Think for a moment about the amount of water you personally use on a daily basis.  A typical family uses 60-80 gallons of water per person per day so this would mean that a family of four would use 240-320 gallons each day.  Now think about this water amount times the number of people who live on your street, in your town, your state.  That insignificant amount of water your household uses on a daily basis, when multiplied by the millions of households in Texas, becomes a very… Read More →

Leon River Riparian Workshop

Workshop on March 12, 2015 The Leon River Riparian Workshop is being co-hosted by the Institute of Renewable Natural Resources. The training will focus on the nature and function of stream and riparian zones and the benefits and direct impacts from healthy riparian zones. The riparian education programs will cover an introduction to riparian principles, watershed processes, basic hydrology, erosion/deposition principles, and riparian vegetation, as well as potential causes of degradation and possible resulting impairment(s), and available local resources including technical assistance and tools that can be employed to… Read More →

Major Show Heifer Validation

Water Catching Workshop and Certification

This recent cool front brought relief from the heat for a few days, but the drought is still with us. We really need more rain! I was looking at the drought monitor map just this week and noticed that our county is labeled as being in a moderate drought, while just a short distance away on the other side of Hamilton they have the distinction of being in a severe drought. You need to seriously consider how to manage the water you have, because if you don’t store… Read More →

It’s Rain

Thank you Lord for the rain!  As the Bosque county wheat and oat crops are limping towards the finish line the corn, cotton, sorghum and forage crops were in dire need of this rainfall.  I have heard amounts totaling from .75 inches to 2.5 inches.  What a blessing.  If you have been praying for rain do not stop because we are still over 8 inches behind since January in the northern part of the county.  Our subsoil moisture is very depleted.  I know this because the seeps should… Read More →

Drip Irrigation

I was on a farm visit this last week and ran across this drip irrigation line being utilized on the ranch.  Of course I am a drip irrigation enthusiast.  The system shown in the photograph was attached to a ½ black poly line.  A ¼ inch line was attached.  This ¼ inch line had a drip emitter spaced every 12 inches preinstalled in the line.  In addition, it had small valve was installed in the line so that each individual drip line could be turned off or on… Read More →

The All Important Nutrient: H2O

Good news!  This week we are taking a look at a major nutrient that is completely calorie-free!  This is a nutrient that everyone must have to survive.  In fact, you can only last about three days without it.  What is this all-important nutrient?  Water! Most of us probably think of water as just another drink option with a meal.  You might already know that 75% of your body is water, but do you know how much water you lose in a day through normal activity?  Nine cups!  That’s… Read More →