Do Rising Temps Have to Equal Increased Water Use? We Don’t Think So.
Temperatures are creeping up and so is water demand. It’s almost instinct to increase your lawn watering schedule to prevent brown lawns. However, healthy lawns don’t necessarily need to be watered every day. In fact, too much water creates a weak root system and can introduce fungal diseases. Irrigation and landscape experts recommend watering every three days for healthy green plants and grass (under dry conditions). We have a voluntary two-day watering schedule to promote healthy plants, and it has the added benefit of spreading out the water demand evenly in our system.
The two-day watering schedule depends on your household address:
- Odd home address: Wednesday and Saturday
- Even home address: Thursday and Sunday
- Commercial and multifamily customers: Tuesday and Friday
Monday is a no-water day, which gives our water storage tanks a chance to refill after a weekend of high water use.
Did you know nationwide 30 percent of water is used for irrigation? According to the EPA, some experts estimate that of that 30 percent, more than 50 percent goes to waste due to evaporation or runoff caused by overwatering. In our service area, we’ve seen homeowners overwater as much as 60 percent. So what can you do?
If you have an irrigation system, there are ways to make them more efficient. You can install a rain sensor so the sprinklers don’t turn on when it rains. (How many of us have seen that?) You can also check for leaks, broken or clogged sprinkler heads, or adjust sprinkler heads aimed at the sidewalk and driveway.
For those who use a hose or mobile sprinkler to water lawns and plants, check for leaky spigots or holes along the hose.
Interested in more information? July just happens to be the Irrigation Association’s Smart Irrigation Month. Check out their web page for more tips to water efficiently. Or visit our Conservation page for additional tips.
If you’re one of our customers who has chosen to follow our two-day water schedule, we’d love to hear from you. Tell us your story and we’ll post it to our website. Just complete our Contact Us form online or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.