Outdoor Water Saving Tips

  • Add mulch around trees, shrubs and ground cover to help prevent erosion, reduce water lost to evaporation, and provide insulation
  • Aim for "head-to-head" coverage - the spray of one sprinkler should reach the head of the sprinkler closest to it
  • Avoid planting turf in areas that are hard to water such as slopes and isolated strips along sidewalks and driveways
  • Check to see that your sprinklers are watering the landscape and not any hardscape
  • Check to see that your sprinklers are popping up above the grass
  • Consult a landscape professional if you have questions about landscape maintenance and/or sprinkler system operation, questions you can ask your landscaper about your irrigation system are:
    • How many sprinkler zones/stations do I have?
    • How many days does my irrigation system run and for how many minutes per zone?
    • Will my irrigation shut off automatically if it rains or do I have to shut it off manually?
  • Group plants with the same water needs together or place them on the same irrigation cycle
  • Hand water dry spots with a hose with a shut-off nozzle
  • If you notice brown spots in your lawn, check sprinklers to see if any of the heads are twisted
  • Inspect for broken or misaligned sprinklers
  • Locate your master water shut-off valve (if there is one)
  • Only water your lawn when needed - if you leave footprints on the lawn when walking on it, it's time to water
  • Reduce runoff by watering with shorter irrigation cycles, landscapes can only absorb so much water before it runs off to the street
  • Repair leaks promptly, leaks do not repair themselves and often lead to bigger leaks
  • Test the moisture in your soil with a screwdriver; if it goes in easily, you are most likely overwatering
  • Use a broom and sweep instead of a hose to clean your driveway or sidewalks
  • Use a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle to prevent water waste when washing the car
  • Use drip irrigation systems for watering the roots of trees, shrubs, and flowers
  • If you have leftover water after cleaning vegetables or giving drinking water to your dog, use the leftover water in your plants