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Water Conservation Tips

Household Water Saving Tips

  • Check household faucets for leaks. A faucet with even a slow drip can waste 10 to 25 gallons of water per day. Just think, 15 drips per minute add up to almost 3 gallons of water wasted per day, 65 gallons wasted per month, and 788 gallons wasted per year!
  • Keep showers to 5 minutes or less in length. A fifteen-minute shower takes 60-150 gallons of water.
  • Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator. Then you won't have to run tap water to cool it.
  • Use a broom to sweep your driveway, garage, or sidewalk instead of using water.
  • Use a bucket of water to wash your bike or the family car, then rinse quickly with a hose.
  • Use water only when you need it. Don't leave water running; be sure to turn it off when you are finished.
  • Turn off water when brushing teeth.
  • Install water saving showerheads, faucets and low-flow toilets.

Landscape Irrigation Tips

  • Water your lawn in the evening (after 7 pm) or in the early morning (before 10 am) to avoid evaporation.
  • Be careful to water only the lawn and not the sidewalk or street.
  • Most lawns only require 1” of water per week and could actually be good for deeper root penetration.
  • Most water waste is due to extra start times and excessive run times.  If you are not sure how to program your controller, find your controller manual or call a local landscape company.
  • Know your landscape.  All plants have different water needs, which should be considered when programming the controller.
  • Properly diagnose your problem – more water is not necessarily the answer.  If you have an area of turf or plants that look unhealthy, there is a good chance you may have pests or a disease.
  • If your system does not have a rain shutoff device, they are easy and inexpensive to install and the water savings will easily compensate for the initial costs.
  • Perform a system evaluation periodically.
  • When you lose power (black out or brown out), remember to double check your irrigation controller settings… it most likely reverted back to its original manufacturers’ settings after the outage.
  • Be mindful that late summer/early fall is not the ideal time to plant anything new in your landscape.  Wait for cooler temperatures in the late fall and/or next spring.
  • Although an automatic sprinkler system may seem easier than dragging water hoses around the yard, you should spend some time evaluating your needs and learning about your options.
    Consider the following:
    • Hand water offers:
      • An efficient and cost-effective use of water
      • An opportunity to observe any problems in the landscape early on
      • For added convenience soaker hoses and sprinklers can be placed on a time
  • How much water your tree should receive depends upon the tree size.  A general rule of thumb is to use approximately 10 gallons of water per inch of trunk diameter for each watering.  Measure trunk diameter at knee height. 
    (Tree Diameter x 5 minutes [or 10 gallons] = Total Watering Time.)

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