With summer just around the corner (we hope), many people turn to their gardens for relaxation and enjoyment. As the temperature rises, so does our community drinking water use. In July and August, water consumption often doubles from 10 to 20 million gallons a day, placing a strain on the City's water filtration plant.
Watering lawns and landscapes accounts for 80-90% of the increase. Some estimates suggest that close to half this water is wasted in evaporation, over-watering and run-off.
The City of Bellingham joins other members of the Whatcom Water Alliance in encouraging residents to voluntarily follow a watering schedule for outdoor lawn and landscape watering. Now through September 15, residents are asked to keep to the following schedule:
Consider letting your lawn "Go Gold" for the summer! It will green up when the rain returns in the fall.
Published: Jun 15, 2011