Now that the weather is warmer and our water use now may include irrigation, we may be hearing about our local utility's water restrictions.
These restrictions may include:
- When to water—typically outside of the hottest parts of the day to avoid loss due to evaporation;
- Frequency of watering—usually two or three times per week;
- Be mindful of the weather. Refrain from watering during or after precipitation;
- Position sprinkler heads so they don’t water sidewalks or driveways;
- Replace broken or leaking irrigation systems or pieces as soon as possible; and
- Use water-efficient sprinkler heads (sometimes incentivized by utilities).
Utilities are familiar with the climate in your area, their water supply and most of the grasses and plants that succeed in the area, so they can be trusted to provide tips that will allow you to sufficiently irrigate your yard while using water in an efficient and responsible way.
Additionally, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has some landscaping tips.
Keep in mind that most utilities allow exceptions for those trying to grow grass or other similar situations. However, there are circumstances, such as drought or water shortages, where watering restrictions must be followed. Failure to comply with water restrictions in certain areas at certain times can result in some sort of penalty.
Your lush landscape will make your neighbors green with envy of not only your yard, but also that your water bill will likely reflect your efficient water use.