During the dry summer months, outdoor watering often doubles our community's daily average drinking water demand from 10 to 15 million gallons per day. This places an extra strain on the City's drinking water supply. Watering lawns and landscapes accounts for 80-90% of the increase. Nearly half of this water is wasted due to evaporation loss, over-watering and run-off.
Reduce Your Outdoor Watering
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Smart Watering Tips
- The average lawn requires only one inch of water per week to stay green. Overwatering doesn’t improve your lawn’s health and results in runoff and water waste. Place a series of shallow containers throughout your lawn. Turn the sprinklers on and water your grass. When you’re finished, measure the water in the dishes. Adjust the time until the water is about one inch deep.
- Regularly check and adjust your sprinklers. Water only your lawn and not the pavement.
- In order to reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation, the best time to water your lawn is in the mornings between 7am-10am.
- Mow your lawn with blades set high; grass that is 2” to 3” tall promotes a healthier root system and helps retain soil moisture.
- Consider replacing lawn with native plants to use less water, fewer chemicals, and eliminate mowing.