Outdoor water saving tips

Easy

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  • Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks. 
  • Showering your lawn for one hour a week is all it needs. Lawns only need 2.5 cm (one inch) of water per week which should take about an hour to water. This will help produce a deeper root system which is less likely to be damaged by drought. 
  • Don't ignore what nature provides for free. If it rains 2.5 cm you won't need to water. 
  • Avoid watering on windy days.
  • Don't water the gutter! Position your sprinkler so water lands on the lawn or garden, not on paved areas. 
  • Cut your grass higher than usual. Taller grass holds water better. 
  • Leave your grass clippings on the lawn. Clippings provide mulch and help retain moisture. 
  • Get out your gardening gloves. Remember to weed your lawn and garden regularly. Weeds compete with other plants for nutrients, light and water. 
  • Limit your fertilizer use. While fertilizers promote plant growth, they also increase water consumption. 

Intermediate 

  • Make sure your garden hose has a nozzle that allows you to stop the flow of water. 
  • Use sprinklers that throw big drops. Smaller drops of water and mist often evaporate before they hit the ground.
  • Water in the early morning between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. It's better than watering at dusk and helps prevent the growth of fungus on plants. 
  • Mulch. Put grass clippings or wood chips around trees, shrubs and plants to help retain valuable moisture. 
  • Check for leaks. We're more likely to notice leaky faucets indoors, but don't forget to check outdoor faucets, pipes and hoses for leaks. 
  • Use a rain barrel. Save money by reducing your monthly water bill. 
  • Plant a rain garden.
  • Leave the kiddie pool empty. Rather than filling a pool for your children to cool down in, let them play in the sprinkler while you water the lawn. 
  • Avoid installing water features that spray water into the air. Trickling or cascading fountains lose less water to evaporation. 

Advanced

  • Encourage your friends and neighbours to be part of a water-conscious community. 
  • Advocate for including bioretention areas as part of new developments.
  • Give your car a sponge bath, not a shower. Clean the car with a pail of soapy water. Only use the hose to rinse off the suds. 
  • Update your sprinkler. Switch to a sprinkler with a timer built in or purchase a timer that can be attached directly to your faucet. 
  • Hydro-zone your yard and garden. Group plants with the same watering needs together to get the most out of your watering time. 
  • Ecoscape your yard. Consider incorporating alternatives to lawn, such as rocks, bark and other mulches, into your landscape. 
  • Aerate your lawn. Punch holes in your lawn about six inches apart so water will reach the roots rather than run off the surface. 
  • Plant drought-resistant trees and plants. Plants that are native to Alberta are adaptable to drought and cold. 

Every drop counts!

Utilities
Phone: 780-467-7785
Email: scutilities@strathcona.ca

Last updated: Friday, December 28, 2018
Page ID: 39915