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.
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