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Facts about water in The Woodlands

Facts about water in The Woodlands

The typical homeowner in The Woodlands uses 10,000 gallons of water a month. This includes bathing, showering, brushing teeth, shaving, washing clothes, washing dishes, drinking, cooking and lawn irrigation. During the summer months, lawn irrigation accounts for 50 to 80% of water used.

  • The typical homeowner in The Woodlands uses 10,000 gallons of water a month. This includes bathing, showering, brushing teeth, shaving, washing clothes, washing dishes, drinking, cooking and lawn irrigation. During the summer months, lawn irrigation accounts for 50 to 80% of water used. Unfortunately some homes here use three or four times that amount per month and a number of those homes use more than 10 times that amount.
  • The average lawn size is about 1/5 of an acre in The Woodlands. Although there are larger lawn sizes, there are also smaller lot sizes.
  • There are about 20,000 acres of lawns in The Woodlands.
  • An average of 18,000 pounds of pesticides and 70,000 pounds of chemical fertilizers are applied to our lawns each year.
  • The typical homeowner in The Woodlands spends about $363 per year on their lawn and gardens. That amounts to about $12,000,000 per year – a sizeable sum. The amount spent on lawns in the U.S. exceeds $50 billion.
  • The average homeowner in The Woodlands spends about 208 hours a year caring for their lawn.
  • Grass plants are 75 to 80% water
  • Up to 90% of the weight of a healthy grass plant is in its roots.
  • Grass clippings contain nitrogen and other nutrients which, when left on the ground, will help nourish the plant, reducing, or in some cases, eliminating the need for extra fertilizer.
  • A healthy lawn absorbs rainfall six times more effectively than a wheat field and four times better than a hay field. Healthy lawns also prevent runoff.
  • A single grass plan can have up to 390 miles of roots.

Typical user cost 2016-2017

Woodlands Water customers will see a slight increase in their bills, beginning in September, due to an increase in the Surface Water Conversion fee.

There's some good news too, becasue there will be no change in the water rates charged by the MUDs served by Woodlands Water.

Based on the state of Texas growth projections, by 2060, Montgomery County will require an additional 42 billion gallons per year to provide clean, healthy drinking water to residents, twice the available supply.

Using surface water lowers the need to deplete our already heavily-stressed aquifer systems. Surface water, the two-day-per-week Defined Irrigation Schedule, plus an aware and proactive community have already decreased aquifer stress.

MonthGallons*Charges - Current Rates^^
2015-2016
Charges - New Rates‡
2016-2017
% Change
Jan 5,000 $47.73 $48.47 1.6%
Feb 5,000 $47.73 $48.47 1.6%
Mar 7,000 $58.29 $59.34 1.8%
Apr 8,000 $63.58 $64.77 1.9%
May 10,000 $74.15 $75.64 2.0%
Jun 12,000 $84.71 $86.51 2.1%
Jul 15,000 $100.57 $102.81 2.2%
Aug 15,000 $100.57 $102.81 2.2%
Sep 15,000 $100.57 $102.81 2.2%
Oct 11,000 $79.43 $81.08 2.1%
Nov 7,000 $58.29 $59.34 1.8%
Dec 5,000 $47.73 $48.47 1.6%
Total 115,000 $863.34 $880.52 2.0%

*Assuming a sewer average of 5,000 gallons per month

‡Includes SWC Fee of $2.62 per 1,000 gallons

^^Based on the water rates that started October 1, 2015. Residential Sewer Base remains at $10.50. Residential Sewer Cost per 1,000 Gallons* remains at $4.50

Calculations do not apply for MUD 36.

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Lawn Irrigation Weekly

Lawn irrigation weekly

Here are your weekly lawn irrigation recommendations for Monday, August 22 through Sunday, August 28.

VillageTotal Irrigation Recommendation
Alden Bridge 0"
Grogan's Mill 0"
Cochran's Crossing 0"
Indian Springs 0"
College Park 0"
Panther Creek 0"
Sterling Ridge 0"

The Woodlands Weekly Turf Grass Irrigation Recommendations

We've got enough rain to last us for a while. Lawns are drowning. No need to water any more.

If you are familiar with how much your system emits, the official recommendation is 1/2 inch for (1/4 inch per watering day). See here to estimate how long it takes to irrigate.

The two-day-per-week Defined Irrigation Schedule is still in effect.

This information is produced through a partnership between Woodlands Water and the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District.

Take-all patch and other lawn diseases

Take-all patch and other lawn diseases

By Bob Dailey

Fungal problems are a fact of life in Southeast Texas, where fungus is the main disease vector in plants. Actually, most soils here are full of fungal spores. Some are beneficial. Some, harmless. And some, like the fungi that cause take-all patch, brown spot or dollar spot, are problematic. Given the right circumstances, unwanted fungus can explode into a serious situation.

The most common “right circumstances” are:

Improper mowing

Improper mowing, specifically mowing too low. The leaves of any plant are how it makes food. Crew-cutting lawns takes away most of the food-producing grass blades, allows the ground to dry out, and allows too much heat (or cold) to penetrate into the soil, killing beneficial organisms.

Solution: set your lawn mower to the highest mowing level, or ask your lawn service to do it.

Compacted soil

Soil begins to compact when deprived of organic material, micro-organisms, earthworms and other beneficial organisms. Compacted soil exists throughout The Woodlands.

Solution: Synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and fertilizers disrupt the soil’s ecosystem, and kill the organisms necessary for good soil.

Unhealthy soil

No microbial or macrobial life in the soil.

Solution: Apply organic material at least twice a year (mid-April and mid-October are the best times). Spread it about ½ to ¾ inch deep and rake it in with a leaf rake. Use a mulching lawnmower. Since most of the grass’s nutrients are in its blades, mulching it back into the soil re-introduces nitrogen, and other materials into the soil. Finally, if not planning to compost leaves, mulch them into the lawn as well.

Fertilizing

Too much fertilizer can cause fungal diseases to activate. It can also kill beneficial organisms. Too much fertilizer will green up a lawn quickly, but will not protect it from fungus.

Solution: Use an organic, slow-release fertilizer on your lawn. And avoid using too much. Follow the instructions on the package exactly.

Too much irrigation

Watering lawns every day, or giving a lawn more than an inch of water per week is a sure way to encourage fungal diseases.

Solution: For in-ground sprinkler users, put a rain gauge in each zone (or move it around). If each zone measures an inch, then the irrigation system is set correctly. If the lawn receives more than an inch, reset the controller. It may seem counterintuitive, but using an inch of water (or less if it rains) will actually create a deeper root system and stronger, more disease resistant plants. Woodlands Water offers a rebate of 50% on the purchase and installation of water saving devices, such as rain sensors and ET controllers (with a cap of $150).

How to calculate how long to irrigate

How to calculate how long to irrigate

You understand the reason for water awareness and conservation. You’re diligently following the Defined Irrigation Schedule adopted in 2013 for the 10 MUDs served by Woodlands Water. You receive the Woodlands Water's weekly irrigation recommendations, and you want to follow those too. (If you don’t receive the weekly email, you can sign up at www.woodlandswater.org.)

But the question remains: how long should I water to put 1” of water on my lawn? How long will it take to put ½ inch? After all, water pressure may vary, different types of sprinkler and rotor heads put out different volumes of water, and other factors may contribute to variations from household to household.

There are some sophisticated logarithms available, but unless you’re an engineer, you might have trouble applying them.

Don’t despair...there is an easy way to find out how much you are watering.

Evenly space six or more straight-sided food containers (tuna cans, cat food cans, even small rain gauges) across a zone.

  1. Run your sprinkler system for 15 minutes.
  2. Measure the water in each can with a ruler.
  3. Add up all the measurements and divide that number by the number of cans. This will give you an average amount of water the system is putting out for 15 minutes.
  4. Multiply the average by 2 (15 minutes X 2 = 30 minutes). Round the final number out to the nearest ½ inch.
  5. This will give you an idea of how much water your sprinkler system is emitting in a half hour.

How to comply with the recommendations and still have a healthy lawn:

  1. If the recommendation is one inch per week, then water one-half inch on each of your Defined Irrigation Days.
  2. If the recommendation is ½ inch, water ¼ inch on each of your DIS days.

If you have a programmable controller, then water each zone twice (cycle and soak method) each prescribed day for the same amount of time as shown in the chart.

Examples of how long to water using a 1" per week recommendation.*

Watering Day 1**

Zone 1Zone 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Total time
4 minutes 4 minutes 4 minutes 4 minutes 4 minutes 20 minutes***
4 minutes 4 minutes 4 minutes 4 minutes 4 minutes 20 minutes

Watering Day 2

Zone 1Zone 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Total time
4 minutes 4 minutes 4 minutes 4 minutes 4 minutes 20 minutes
4 minutes 4 minutes 4 minutes 4 minutes 4 minutes 20 minutes

*This is for illustration purposes only, based on the example in the article. Actual measurements may differ according to your system, water pressure and size of sprinklers or rotors.

**To allow even more water to soak into the ground, water three minutes from each zone, but run each zone four times instead of two.

Rember to use the simple food container method for determining how much water your irrigation system emits.

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