The Mustang Minute

Feb 14

Water Wise Garden Planning

Posted on February 14, 2024 at 12:34 PM by Stephanie Bernard

Monarch butterfly on red and yellow flowers

Conserving water and managing your water-related expenses during the summer season requires careful planning, and it all begins with the choices you make in the spring! Whether you're cultivating flowers, fruits, or vegetables, water is a vital resource, and different plants have varying water needs. Being water wise and achieving the perfect balance for your lawn, garden, and landscaping starts with understanding your gardening goals.

Growing Food: If your aim is to grow your own food, especially fruits and vegetables, it's essential to be mindful of their water requirements. Some crops are more resilient in hot and dry climates, and researching suitable varieties can make a significant difference. Additionally, consider the amount of sunlight your plants will receive, as this factor plays a crucial role in their overall health and productivity. Resources like the Vegetable Variety Selector from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension can be valuable in guiding your choices. Search the best crops for your county on their website!

Growing Good Looking Plants: For those focused on cultivating aesthetically pleasing plants, achieving vibrant foliage and beautiful blooms can be a source of pride. Selecting the right plants for our region and climate can contribute to water conservation while enhancing the visual appeal of your garden. By choosing plants that are well-suited to our local conditions, you not only save water but also create a more sustainable and thriving ecosystem in your outdoor space. The Texas Smartscape Plant Database is a great resource for planting your picture-perfect garden or flowerbed with vibrant native species.

Attracting & Supporting Pollinators: Another important aspect of water-conscious gardening is attracting and supporting pollinators. Native plants play a key role in this as birds and butterflies, among other pollinators, rely on native plant species to thrive. By incorporating more native plants into your garden, you not only support local biodiversity but also contribute to the health of the broader ecosystem. The increased availability of native plants attracts a diverse range of species, creating a vibrant and dynamic outdoor environment for you and the pollinators to enjoy!

Making informed choices about the plants you grow can significantly impact water conservation efforts during the summer months. Whether you're growing food, focusing on aesthetics, or aiming to attract pollinators, native plants can help you achieve your goals. By embracing native species, you can create a sustainable and water-efficient garden that flourishes throughout the summer season!

Jan 22

Checking for Leaks at Your Meter

Posted on January 22, 2024 at 2:17 PM by Stephanie Bernard

We encourage homeowners to check for leaks using their meter following a hard freeze and routinely every Spring to make sure there are no leaks indoors, outdoors, or in irrigation system. Pipe breaks are common during the winter when water freezes and expands inside pipes, causing damage and potential leaks. Detecting a leak as soon as possible can prevent damage to your home and save you money on your water bill!

Using your water meter to check your home for leaks is very easy using the following steps:

Step 1: Turn off all running water at your home. This means no running faucets, flushing toilets, watering lawns, or washing clothes or dishes.

Step 2: Find your water meter box outside in your front yard and remove the lid. This is generally a black plastic box in your yard, located near the street. Remove the lid and locate your meter. Your meter will either have a small dial that looks like a snowflake, or a digital screen. Both are used to indicate flow.

Step 3: If your meter has a dial, for at least five minutes watch the snowflake dial to make sure it does not move. Watch closely and remember not to have any water running during this time. If your meter is digital, record the number and check it is the same after 5 minutes. If it does move, or the number increases, you most likely have a leak.

Step 4: If there is not a leak indicated by your meter, next try running your irrigation system to check for broken sprinkler heads. Check every zone individually to make sure no sprinklers are spewing water erratically or are not working at all. A broken sprinkler head can flow 13-16 gallons of water per minute and, if left unrepaired, can waste about 7,800 gallons in a month of typical watering.

What to do if you discover a leak

If you discover your meter is indicating a leak, it may be as simple as a dripping faucet, or it may take the help of a licensed plumber to determine the source. If you have to have a leak repaired, our customer service department may be able adjust your bill, depending on circumstances. You can learn more about requesting a leak adjustment by calling our customer service department at 940-440-9561 or emailing

Feb 12

Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

Posted on February 12, 2021 at 4:39 PM by Emily Davis

With abnormally low temperatures here to stay for the next few days, it is very important to take steps to prevent your pipes from freezing. 

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