Water Conservation Is Important EVERY Day!
The MPWC’s Voluntary Conservation Program Guidelines are as follows:
Please observe the following conservation measures, especially concerning the watering of lawns.
- If your home or business has an even number address, only water your lawn on even calendar days.
- If your home or business has an odd number address, only water your lawn on odd calendar days.
- Never water lawns between the daylight hours of 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM
- Everyone can water their lawns on July 31st & August 31st, but please observe the limited hours.
- Don’t over water your lawn! As a general rule, lawns only need watering every three to four days, or one inch of water per week. Water your lawn only when it really needs it. Step on your grass. If it springs back when you lift your foot, it doesn’t need water, so set your sprinklers for more days in between watering.
- Don’t water your street, driveway or sidewalk. Position your sprinklers so they are only watering the grass.
- Use efficient water sprinklers. Drip irrigation and soaker hoses are examples of water efficient methods of irrigation.
- If you have an in-ground sprinkler system, regularly check the timing devices to be sure that they are operating properly.
- Install a rain sensor that will override the irrigation cycle of the irrigation system when adequate rainfall has occurred. To retrofit your existing system, contact an irrigation professional for more information.
- Raise the lawn mower blade to at least 3 inches. A lawn cut higher encourages grass roots to grow deeper, shades the root system and holds soil moisture better than a closely clipped lawn.
Remember, Water Conservation is everyone’s business!
You may be surprised to learn how much water is wasted on a daily basis. There are many things we can do to conserve our precious water supplies. Here are 10 things we can do as consumers that save the most.
- Fix leaky faucets and plumbing joints.
- Don’t run the hose while washing your car. Use a bucket of water and a quick hose rinse at the end.
- Install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors.
- Run only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher.
- Shorten your showers. Even a one or two minute reduction will save!
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks.
- Don’t use your toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket.
- Capture tap water. While you wait for hot water to come down the pipes, catch the flow in a watering can to use later on house plants or your garden.