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Summer is here! Remember to water wisely

The city's lawn watering policy allows lawn sprinkling on an odd/even schedule (only before noon and after 5 p.m.); however, that doesn't mean you need to water that often. To keep your lawn green, it only needs 1 inch of water per week, including rainfall.

Homeowners should know how to operate their irrigation systems, including how to adjust various sprinkler settings. Here are a few tips:

  1. Turn the system's automatic function off. Adjust the controls manually when it needs water.
  2. If you notice an area of your yard needs more water, change the setting on that zone or adjust the sprinkler heads watering that specific area.
  3. Replace heads with high efficiency, pressure reducing heads. Make adjustments so water is delivered as close to the turf as possible. This minimizes water lost to evaporation.
  4. Observe your system in action. Adjust nozzles and irrigation duration as needed to ensure most efficient use of water possible. Make sure water is not sprinkling hard surfaces such as sidewalks, roadways and driveways. If water is running off your grass, you're using too much.
  5. When talking to your lawn care company, ask them what you can do to reduce water use and decrease the amount of time you spend mowing, without changing the look of your yard.
Water Efficiency Programs

Thank you, homeowners, businesses and homeowners associations for participating in water efficiency programs in 2018; similar opportunities will be available in 2019. More than 1,500 homes and 40 businesses and homeowners associations have participated in city water efficiency programs over the last three years.

Participating homes received WaterSense certified smart irrigation controllers at a discounted rate. These controllers connect your irrigation system to local weather forecasts through your WiFi to adjust the system before and after a rain event, and also corrects for temperatures and wind speeds. A city study in 2016 showed these controllers reduced water use by an average of 30,000 gallons of water per year (resulting in smaller water bills, too).

All irrigation controllers installed in the city in 2018 and after are required to be WaterSense certified. If you know your rain sensor is broken, or doesn't work well, participate in next year's program to meet state and city requirements.

To receive early notification of future water efficiency opportunities, sign up for the city's InTouch email notification system (City Extra and Eco-Interest lists).