SAVING WATER OUTDOORS
- Water lawns during the early morning hours when the temperatures are at the lowest of the day. This reduces loss from evaporation. Can save up to 300 gallons each time.
- Don’t over-water your lawn. As a general rule, lawns only need watering every 5 to 7 days in the summer and every 10 to 14 days in the winter. Most lawns only need about 1 inch of rain a week; buy a rain gauge to measure rainfall.
- Cut down watering on cool and overcast days and don’t water in the rain. Adjust or deactivate automatic sprinklers. Can save up to 300 gallons each time.
- Avoid installation of ornamental water features (such as fountains) unless the water is recycled.
- Position sprinklers so that water is aimed towards the lawn, not the street, driveway or walkways.
- Avoid watering on windy days. There is too much evaporation. Can waste up to 300 gallons in one watering.
- Install Micro and drip irrigation and soaker hoses to help maximize conservation.
- Avoid over fertilizing your lawn. Fertilizer applications increase the need for water. Apply fertilizers which contain slow-release, water soluble forms of nitrogen.
- Raise the lawn mower blade to three inches or more: Taller grass encourages deeper root systems and holds soil moisture better than shorter grass.
- Apply mulch to retain moisture and control water-consuming weeds.
- Plant native grasses or drought-tolerant grasses, ground covers, shrubs and trees. Once established, they do not need water as frequently and usually will survive a dry period without watering.
- Use a broom to clean leaves and other debris from driveways and walkways. Don’t use your water hose.
- Do not leave sprinklers unattended. A garden hose can pour out 600 gallons or more water in only a few hours. Use a kitchen timer to monitor usage.
- Avoid recreational toys that require a constant stream of water.
- When washing your car park it on the grass and use a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle. Consider using a commercial car wash that recycles water.
- Check the leaks in pipes, hoses, faucets and couplings. Leaks outside the house may not seem as bad since they’re not visible; they can be just as wasteful as leaks indoors. Check frequently to keep them drip-free. Use hose washers at spigots and hose connections to eliminate leaks.
- If you have a pool, use a pool cover to cut down on evaporation. It will also keep your pool cleaner and reduce the need to add chemicals. Saves 1000 gallons a month.
- If you have a pool, consider a new water-saving pool filter. A single back flushing with a traditional filter uses 180-250 gallons of water.
GENERAL WATER-SAVING TIPS
- Get involved in water management issues. Voice your questions and concerns at public meetings.
- Support efforts and programs that create a concern for water conservation among tourists and visitors to Smyrna. Be sure that visitors understand the need for, and benefits of, water conservation.
- Participate in water conservation projects in the schools.
- Support projects that use reclaimed wastewater for irrigation and other uses.
- Promote neighborhood water conservation efforts: Create community newsletters, bulletin boards and lead by example.
- Patronize businesses which practice and promote water conservation, such as restaurants that only serve water upon request.
- Be aware of and follow all Smyrna water conservation and water shortage suggestions and policies. Never assume -- that you do not need to observe good water-use rules. Every drop counts.
- Encourage your employer to promote water conservation in the workplace, perhaps through employee training programs.
- Report all significant water losses (broken pipes, open hydrants, errant sprinklers) to property owners or local authorities.
Try to do one thing every day that will result in saving water. Don’t worry if the savings are minimal.
You can make a difference!
EVERY DROP COUNTS!!
Thank you for being “Water Savers” for the Town of Smyrna.