10 Easy Tips for Saving Water Outdoors

Public Works
August 1, 2017

It’s that season again…the weather is warming up, gardens are growing and water demand is starting to rise!

By keeping the following 10 easy tips in mind we can all help to conserve a precious shared resource and reduce the amount of treated water used outdoors...

• Plant a drought tolerant garden - landscape using native or drought-resistant plants and garden designs that minimize water use

• Use a rain barrel to collect water in the rainy months

• Wash the car with a bucket of water and rinse with spring loaded shut off nozzle

• Use a timer on your sprinkler

• Check and repair hose leaks

• Water the garden by hand

• Water during the cool part of the day, this is better for your lawn and garden and reduces evaporation loss

• Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks

• All grass to grow to a height of 2.5 inches or 6cm. Taller grass shades new growth and reduces evaporation

• Add organic mulch to your gardens. Mulch acts as a protective cover for plants, keeping the soil cool and moist and discouraging weed growth

Remember: year round sprinkling restrictions apply - even numbered houses on even numbered days and odd numbered houses on odd numbered days. Also - additional watering restrictions may be implemented as required.

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