Government — Water Conservation

Water Conservation


Are you a municipal, water utility or public works leader looking to develop water conservation programs in your community?

Responsible, sustainable use of water resources is critical to the future of Oklahoma municipalities. Many municipalities across the United States have developed water conservation efforts to implement programs that can help sustain water supplies as demand increases. Developing and implementation of water conservation programming can help municipalities to establish overall water use or reduction goals, prolong or defer investment in facility expansion and capital costs, and can reduce or maintain operational cost over time.

In urban landscapes, as much as two-thirds of household water use may be utilized for landscape irrigation during peak temperatures. For many landscapes, the volume of irrigation applied can be drastically reduced by:

Improving irrigation efficiency through educational efforts regarding:

  • Pressure regulation to improve distribution uniformity and decrease evaporative loss
  • System maintenance to prevent loss through system leaks and worn/broken irrigation equipment
  • Proper zoning of irrigation systems
  • Use of drip irrigation

Providing educational opportunities regarding proper plant selection for Oklahoma climates

  • Use of drought-tolerant grasses such as bermudagrass and buffalograss
  • Selection of the right plants for the selected microclimate

ThinkWater serves Oklahoma municipalities by providing research-based water resource services. We connect our university faculty and statewide network of Extension experts to assist municipalities with developing water conservation plans, public outreach campaigns and educational initiatives.

For information on how we can help serve your municipality, please contact:

Justin Quetone Moss, Associate Professor & Huffine Endowed Professor 
Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture
358 Agricultural Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078

Phone: 405-744-5729

Selected Research Publications

T.A. Boyer, Jayasekera, D.H.W., and J.Q. Moss*. 2016. An assessment of Oklahoma City commercial businesses’ willingness to adopt irrigation water conservation methods. HortTechnology 26:793-802. doi:10.21273/HORTTECH03433-16. *Project leader/principal investigator.

Ghimire, M., T.A. Boyer, C.Chung, and J.Q. Moss*. 2015. Estimation of residential water demand under uniform volumetric water pricing. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000580. *Project leader/principal investigator.

Boyer, T.A., P. Kanza, M. Ghimire, and J.Q. Moss*. 2015. Household adoption of water conservation and resilience under drought: the case of Oklahoma City. Water Econ. Policy 1(2):1550005-1-1550005-21. DOI: 10.1142/S2382624X15500058. *Project leader./principal investigator.

Moss, J.Q.*, J.E. Haase, J.R. Vogel, T.A. Boyer, and D.L. Martin. 2013. Simple lawn irrigation measurement training for Master Gardeners and homeowners. Journal of Extension 51(3) Article 3RIB7. Available at: *Corresponding author and major advisor to MS graduate J.E. Haase.

Selected Extension Publications

Moss, J.Q. and J.T. Campbell. 2017. Simple irrigation checkup for home sprinkler systems. Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Publication HLA-6615.

Moss, J.Q.* and M. Kress. 2016. Turf irrigation water quality: a concise guide. Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Publication HLA-6612. *Selected for the 2017 Southern Region American Society of Horticultural Science Extension Division Blue Ribbon Award.

Moss, J.Q. J.E. Haase, D.L. Martin, J.R. Vogel, and T.A. Boyer. 2011. Simple irrigation audit for home lawns in Oklahoma. Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Fact Sheet HLA-6610, Stillwater, OK. *Awarded the 2012 Certificate of Excellence, American Society of Agronomy, Extension Education Material Awards.



With passage of House Bill 3055 (The Water for 2060 Act) in 2012, Oklahoma became the first state in the nation to establish a bold, statewide goal of consuming no more fresh water in 2060 than was consumed in 2010.