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Prepare for Summer Watering Season

Water use can double or even triple during summer months. You can dramatically reduce water use and still have beautiful, healthy landscapes with these simple tips:

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Sprinklers and Irrigation

  • Know your Weekly Watering Number. Learn exactly how much water your lawn and landscaping needs week by week. Find yours here.
  • Go low and slow. Choose a sprinkler that applies water slowly and close to the ground.
  • Excessive pressure can lead to misting sprinklers which waste water to evaporation. 
  • Water your plants, not the street. Direct water flow towards plants and grass.
  • Fix broken sprinkler heads right away.
  • Run sprinklers in the early morning or evening to curb evaporation.
  • Get a rebate to retrofit your existing irrigation controller or sprinkler heads.

Prepare the Soil and Choose the Right Plants

  • Add compost or peat moss before planting to improve water retention and soil quality.
  • Mulch generously after planting to slow evaporation, control weeds and cool roots.
  • Choose native plants. They use less water and provide food and shelter to local wildlife.
  • Group plantings by water usage to create watering zones.
  • Consider installing a drought and disease tolerant lawn. Avoid planting a lawn on slopes or hard-to-maintain areas.
  • Adjust your mower to a higher setting and mulch the clippings into the lawn.
  • Prune, control pests and weed regularly to keep your landscape healthy.
  • Fertilize only as needed. Extra fertilizer increases water consumption.
  • Aerate your lawn annually to improve lawn health by increasing it's ability to absorb water and nutrients.

Pools and Spas

  • Cover it. An uncovered pool or spa can lose half its water to evaporation in a year.
  • Don’t overfill. Overfilling keeps the skimmer from working well and wastes water. Fill to halfway up the skimmer opening for best results.


  • Sweep your driveway, patio and sidewalk instead of hosing them down.
  • Consider taking your vehicle to a commercial car wash that uses recycled water.
  • Still washing your car at home? Make sure to use a hose-end shutoff nozzle.
  • Bathe pets on the lawn during warm weather.

Ready for more?

The Regional Water Providers Consortium is a great local resource. Find your Weekly Watering Number tailored to your zip code along with other conservation tips.

The EPA WaterSense program offers outdoor conservation information and a list of WaterSense products.

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