Water Conservation

No one likes a high water bill, so here are some great Tips for Water Conservation!

1. Check for leaks. Make sure you are not using water in your home. Look at your water meter, if the middle dial is moving, that will tell you that you may have a leak. If the dial is turning; a demand for water is going through your meter.

2. Check meter readings. To make sure your meter readings are properly recorded on your bill; the day you get your bill, check your water meter and compare the readings for accuracy.

3. Check accuracy of meter. Record your meter readings. Fill a ten gallon bucket with water. Check your meter readings after you have filled the bucket and your meter should register 10 gallons used. This test will let you know if your meter is registering the correct amount of usage.

4. Monitor daily usage. Document your daily water usage for a month. Write down a description of usage. Compare this with the usage listed on your bill.

Lawn Maintenance Tips

Irrigation is one maintenance practice often done incorrectly. The key to success in irrigating home lawns is to condition the grass to get by on as little extra water as possible. The best way to do this is to develop a deep rooted grass. Listed below are several simple rules that will help develop a deep rooted turf grass that is more able to withstand drought conditions.

Light, frequent watering of lawn grass produces shallow, weak root systems that prevent efficient use of nutrients in the soil as well as soil moisture.

1. Select a grass which is well adapted to your location.

2. Water as infrequently as possible. Only irrigate your lawn when signs of wilt begin to appear.

3. Apply enough water to drench the soil six to eight inches deep.

4. If your soil becomes compacted or encrusted, loosen it so that water can easily penetrate to the proper depth.

5. Use a sprinkler that produces an even water distribution, ideally 1/4 to 1/3 inch per hour.

6. Raise the height of cut on your lawn mower during periods of stress and mow more frequently.

7. Fertilize your lawn lightly during the summer months.