Water Conservation Tips
Water Conservation Starts on Our Lawns:
Our grass and shrubbery are mostly dormant this time
of year. Have you adjusted your lawn irrigation system
accordingly? In Bentwater, 75% to 80% of our water usage
feeds our irrigation systems. Too often, we are over
watering, sending large amounts of wasted run-off going
down the street and into the storm drains. Your monthly
bill from MUD 18 provides information on your usage. Do
you know where you are on the “water chart”? Within the
community, are you a light or a heavy water user? Have
you set goals to reduce your water usage?
Some suggestions that can save our water supply and
save you money:
- When purchasing plants, choose mainly native
varieties that require less watering during the
summer months. When replacing plants lost in winter
freezes, choose drought resistant plants. Click here for table of recommended plants.
- If your irrigation system has a water sensor,
check to be sure it is clean and still functioning.
If not, take steps to replace it or repair it. If
you do not have a sensor, consider adding one to
your system. This may be the most important step you
can take to avoid watering when Mother Nature has
given us rain. And it will save you money on your
- Water deeply versus frequently. Healthy and
properly irrigated lawns require no more than one
inch of water per week during the summer months. If
the temperature is not in the 100’s try watering
every 4th day. How much water are you putting on
your lawn each week?
- Adjust your system timer to 2 short cycles
instead of one long one. This allows our clay-based
soil to absorb the water rather than the excess just
- Adjust your sprinkler heads for maximum coverage
for more efficient watering.
- Check your irrigation system timers. Do you
reduce the running time when summer is over?
- If you can have your shrubs and lawn in
different zones, shrubs can be watered less often
than your lawn, saving water and money.
- It’s best to water in the early morning hours (3
to 5am) for maximum effectiveness. If you choose to
install or upgrade to a new irrigation system,
consider low output sprinkler heads, bubblers, or
drip irrigation systems.
- Mulch in flower beds and landscape areas will
help hold moisture and cut down on water needed to
keep plants healthy
For more information, go to www.wateriq.org
|Challenge: Set goals to reduce your lawn
irrigation. Track your progress using data
on your water bill. Doing so may save you
We encourage everyone to be mindful of reducing your
water usage as we meet the challenge of long term