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Conserving Water Outside Your Colorado Home   Leave a comment

Now that the temperature is starting to warm up, it will soon be time to turn the sprinklers on. Water is NOT inexpensive, but there are a lot of ways you can save on your water bills. Last week, we talked about saving water indoors. This week we will tackle saving water outdoors.

Tip: When the kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler in an area where your lawn needs it the most.

  1. Always check your water bills and water meter. If you notice a sharp increase, check for leaks.
  2. Adjust your sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
  3. If water runs off your lawn easily, split your watering time into shorter periods to allow for better absorption.
  4. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk.
  5. Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants retains moisture and saves water, time and money.
  6. Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
  7. Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.
  8. Make sure your faucets, hoses and sprinklers don’t leak.
  9. Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped.
  10. Use sprinklers for large areas of grass. Water small patches by hand to avoid waste.
  11. Install a rain sensor on your irrigation controller so your system won’t run when it’s raining.
  12. Don’t water your lawn on windy days when most of the water blows away or evaporates.
  13. Group plants with the same watering needs together to avoid overwatering some while underwatering others.
  14. Use a minimum amount of organic or slow release fertilizer to promote a healthy and drought tolerant landscape.
  15. Wash your car on the lawn, and you’ll water your lawn at the same time.
  16. Use a hose nozzle or turn off the water while you wash your car. You’ll save up to 100 gallons every time.
  17. Aerate your lawn at least once a year so water can reach the roots rather than run off the surface.

Tip: Wash your pets outdoors in an area of your lawn that needs water.

We all know that the “honey do” list can become monstrous.  But if you grab a wrench and fix a leaky faucet, you can save 150 gallons of water a week. When in doubt, call Reliable Sanitation if your plumbing leaks or your drains are clogged! We’ll be happy to help.