Outdoor Water Conservation

Outdoor water use from irrigation (sprinkler) systems can mean higher than average water bills during summer months. That's why its important to water as efficiently as possible to reduce waste and avoid high water bills.  The infographic below illustrates the amount of water you could be using when running your irrigation system.

Water usage from irrigation

For more detailed information on how to make simple irrigation repairs and how much to water, please check out our Irrigation Tips videos!

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  • Condition the soil with mulch or compost before planting grass or flowerbeds so that water will soak in rather than run off.
  • Fertilize lawns at least twice a year for root stimulation, but do not over fertilize. Grass with a good root system makes better use of less water and is more drought-tolerant.
  • Do not scalp lawns when mowing during hot weather. Taller grass holds moisture better. Grass should be cut fairly often, so that only 1/2 to 3/4 inch is trimmed off. A better looking lawn will result.
  • Use a watering can or hand water with the hose in small areas of the lawn that need more frequent watering (those near walks or driveways or in especially hot, sunny spots).
  • Use water-wise plants. Learn what types of grass, shrubbery and plants do best in the area and in which parts of the lawn, and then plant accordingly. Choose plants that have low water requirements, are drought-tolerant and are adapted to the area of the state where they are to be planted.
  • Consider decorating some areas of the lawn with wood chips, rocks, gravel or other materials now available that require no water at all.