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Water Conservation
Summer is Here - Commit to Conservation Year-Round
Once again we have reached that time of year when the days are long, hot and dry. During the warm summer months, most folks enjoy spending time outdoors tending to their lawns, growing their gardens, washing their cars — all activities that depend on water. As a result, water usage can double or triple.

Here are 10 Outdoor Water Conservation Tips to curb water use while still maintaining a green and vibrant landscape.
  1. Adjust your sprinklers so that they’re watering your lawn and garden, and not the street or sidewalk.
  2. Water early in the morning (before 10a.m) or later in the evening (after 6 p.m.) when temperatures are cooler and evaporation is minimized.
  3. Set it, but don’t forget it! Whether you have a manual or automatic system, be sure to adjust your watering schedules throughout the irrigation season.
  4. Water established lawns about 1 inch per week (a bit more during hot, dry weather). Find out how much to water this week with the Weekly Watering Number.
  5. Inspect your overall irrigation system for leaks, broken lines or blockage in the lines. A well maintained system will save you money, water, and time.
  6. Consider replacing some turf area with low water use plants and ornamental grasses. They are easier to maintain than turf, look beautiful, and require far less water.
  7. Group plants with like watering needs. Creating “watering zones” in your garden will allow you to give each plant the water it requires — not too much or too little.
  8. Add a shut-off nozzle to your garden hose and save about 5-7 gallons each minute your hose is on.
  9. Adjust your mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn provides shade to the roots and helps retain soil moisture, so your lawn requires less water.
  10. Apply the amount of water your soil can absorb. Water thoroughly, but infrequently. If run off or puddling occurs, break longer watering sessions into several short sessions allowing water to soak into the soil between each session.