Outside the home

 Outside the home

Lawn
  • Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
  • Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
  • If water runs off your lawn easily, split your watering time into shorter periods to allow for better absorption.
  • Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped.
  • Check the root zone of your lawn or garden for moisture before watering using a spade or trowel. If it’s still moist two inches under the soil surface, you still have enough water.
  • Choose shrubs and ground covers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
  • Walkways and patios provide space that doesn't ever need to be watered. These useful "rooms" can also add value to your property.
  • Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants retains moisture and saves water, time and money.
Outdoors
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk and save water every time.
  • Don’t forget to check outdoor faucets, sprinklers and hoses for leaks.
  • Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
  • When the kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler in an area where your lawn needs it the most.
Pool
  • Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.
  • If you have an automatic refilling device, check your pool periodically for leaks.
  • Make sure your swimming pools, fountains, and ponds are equipped with recirculating pumps.
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