SMALL CHANGES IN WATER USE CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
Outdoor Conservation Tips
- Water your lawns before 10 am or after 4 pm so that water is less likely to be lost due to evaporation or wind.
- Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
- Only water your lawn when needed. You can tell this by simply walking across your lawn. If you leave footprints, it is time to water.
- Check irrigation system, faucets, and hoses regularly and repair any leaks.
- Make sure your irrigation system is operating as efficiently as possible.
- Next time you add or replace a flower or shrub, choose a low water use plant for year-round landscape color and save up to 550 gallons each year.
- Use sprinklers that throw big drops of water close to the ground. Smaller drops of water and mist often evaporate before they hit the ground.
- Set mower height up to 2 – 3 inches on cool season lawns (1½ inches on warm season lawns). This optimal blade height increases water efficiency and discourages invasive weedy grasses.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway or sidewalk and save 80 gallons of water every time.
- Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots where it’s needed.
- Avoid installing ornamental water features and fountains that spray water into the air.
- Trickling or cascading fountains lose less water to evaporation.
- Discourage use of water to wash automobiles, golf carts, trailers, boats and other types of mobile equipment.