Why save water?
Water conservation saves money and helps the environment by properly nourishing plants and reducing runoff. Most importantly, it helps ensure our community’s water system has enough capacity year-round.
Up to 50% of water used outdoors at the average home is wasted due to improper watering. That means half of every dollar you spend on irrigation could be evaporating.
The average lawn needs just an inch of water per week – including rainfall – to stay healthy. Try this trick from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to avoid over-watering:
Place a few empty tuna cans around your lawn while watering and measure how long it takes your sprinkler to fill them with a half-inch of water. Then, try watering that amount of time twice a week, gauge how your landscape responds, and adjust based on weather conditions.
- Avoid watering when the sun is up; sunlight and heat increase evaporation
- Turn your sprinklers off for a couple of days before and after rain
- Regularly check your sprinkler system for leaks
- Install smart sprinkler controllers, which can shut off sprinklers during rain or when a leak is detected
- Get a rain barrel for outdoor irrigation
- Let your lawn grow slightly longer to shield the soil and keep it moist
- Check your lawn by stepping on it; if the grass springs back, it doesn’t need water