Welcome to the Hidalgo County Environmental Compliance Division
Hidalgo County is largely experiencing severe drought. Areas of western Hidalgo County remain in extreme and exceptional drought, the highest levels of drought severity. Water conservation efforts are strongly encouraged during this time. Residents are strongly recommended to follow any water restrictions in their area. Please visit HC Environmental Topics for a list of water restrictions in Hidalgo County.
You can make a pledge to conserve water. Here are some simple ways you can cut back on the amount of water you use.
Tips for Conserving Water
Follow your local community's water restrictions
Turn off the water while you brush your teeth
Turn off the water while washing dishes by hand
Fix leaking toilets
Fix leaking indoor and outdoor faucets
If toilet flappers do not close, replace them
Tell businesses about any leaking toilets and faucets
Wash your car at an automatic car wash that recycles water
Turn off the water while you soap during showers
Don't waste water from refills at restaurants
Position sprinklers so that water does not spray on the street
Water lawns and plants after the sun sets
Collect rain water and reuse the water for chores, plants, washing, etc.
Install a pool cover to reduce evaporation
Run the dishwasher only with full loads
If you have a new dishwasher, cut back on rinsing.
Consider upgrading old refrigerators, dish washers, clothes washers, and showerheads
Turn the water off when you lather your hands with soap
Use the water you are replacing from aquariums for plants
Don't use running water to thaw foods. Defrost food with the refrigerator
Adjust water heaters so less water is wasted while waiting for heated water