What About Saving Water Outside?
Water your lawn and plants in the early morning or evening hours to avoid excess evaporation.
Don’t water on a windy, rainy or very hot day. Wind can scatter water, making your sprinkling less effective. It’s pointless to water when it’s raining. When it’s very hot, water can quickly evaporate before reaching roots.
Water shrubs and gardens using a slow trickle around the roots. A slow soaking encourages deep root growth, reduces leaf burn or mildew and prevents water loss.
Apply mulch around flowers, shrubs, vegetables and trees to reduce evaporation, promote plant growth and control weeds.
Be sure that your hose has a shut-off nozzle. Hoses without a nozzle can spout 10 gallons more per minute.
To reduce plant watering, select xeriscape (low-water demanding) plants or native plants, which provide an attractive landscape without high water use.
When washing your car, wet it quickly, turn on the spray, then wash it with soapy water from the bucket. Rinse quickly.
Be sure sprinklers water only your lawn, not the pavement.
Plant less grass. Shrubs and ground covers could require less maintenance, less water and provide year-round greenery.
Never use the hose to clean debris off your driveway or sidewalk. Use a broom.
Rinse other items, such as bicycles or trash, on the lawn to give your grass and extra drink.