9/10/2010 10:03 AM
By Mandy Smith-Thompson
Watering the lawn presents the perfect opportunity for conserving water If you do it the right way, your grass will be healthy, and you you’ll help conserve water.
Here are some helpful tips:
- Wait to irrigate until Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays. Irrigation with public water is prohibited on other days of the week. Irrigation with well water is not restricted.
- Don’t forget that your lawn only needs 1 inch of water per week. Do an easy test by dropping a few standard six-ounce tuna cans around the yard before the sprinklers come on. Keep an eye on the clock. When most of the cans contain 1 inch of water, you can turn off the water. Now, you’ll know exactly how long to leave your sprinklers running.
- Be sure to orient sprinkler heads toward your lawn, so that they are actually watering the lawn, and not the street!
- Finally, try to water early in the morning or late in the evening to minimize evaporation.
For more information about water conservation and use guidelines, visit the Water Resources page of our website.