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Tips for Smart Water Use OUTSIDE

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HRWC’s TOP TIPS for saving water and energy OUTSIDE your home!

Landscape with water efficiency in mind.

Use native plants, or plants that require little water to thrive.

Reduce the area of turf grass.

Organize your landscape into areas with plant groupings that have similar water requirements to prevent over-watering of some plants and under-watering of others.

Keep soil healthy and add mulch to prevent water loss through evaporation.

Be water-smart.

Make sure your hose has a shut-off nozzle.

Water in the early morning to prevent loss due to midday evaporation.

Use a rain barrel to collect runoff and use the water on your plants.

Use a broom, not a hose, to clean outdoor surfaces. You will save water and keep dirty water out of the stormdrain and our waterways.

Wash your car at a commercial car wash that recycles its wastewater. OR wash your car on the lawn where it will soak up the water, break down the soap, and keep dirty water out of the stormdrain.

If you have a pool, use a cover to reduce water loss through evaporation. You’ll also save on heating energy and reduce the need for chemicals.

If you have an irrigation system . . .

Have it professionally designed with separate hydro-zones that provide the right amount for the plants that receive the water.

Install weather-based smart irrigation controllers that are properly programmed and maintained.

Regularly inspect the sprinkler heads for damage and proper function.

Adjust sprinkler heads to prevent watering paved surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways, streets and parking lots.

 

*The Saving Water Saves Energy Project is made possible by a grant from the Masco Corporation Foundation.




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