Outside Water Conservation Done Right

Outside Water Conservation Done Right



My region of the country is finally seeing the end of a drought which lasted for more than one year. At its peak, all outside watering was canceled except for whatever you could water by hand. Needless to say, just about every lawn turned brown and quite a few people lost valuable shrubbery.

One thing many people learned through this experience were some ways to conserve water. Besides the obvious — repairing leaky toilets and faucets — other methods soon came to the forefront.

By conserving water you can also save money. The following are key tips to help you with your outside conservation effort:

  • Water your lawn less often. In the summer, when your lawn has slowed down its growth, you only need to water 1-2 times each week. After a steady rainfall, you may not need to water again for 1-2 weeks.
  • Set lawn sprinklers to cover grassy areas only. Avoid soaking paved areas as the run off will simply go down the drain.
  • Water your lawn during the early morning when temperatures are lowest which helps limit loss due to evaporation.
  • Use water-efficient sprinklers and soaker hoses.
  • Shut off your sprinkler system when a storm is approaching. Check the timer to make sure that your sprinkler is working properly.
  • For your garden, use mulch as that will help retain water (as well as kill weeds).
  • Plant native plants including drought resistant shrubs and grasses.
  • Do not over fertilize your lawn as it will require more water to maintain your lawn.
  • If you have a pool, consider keeping it covered when not in use. A cover will prevent evaporation loss while keeping the pool water warm. Also, a single back flushing with a traditional filter uses from 180 to 250 gallons or more of water — consider finding a more efficient filter that doesn’t waste water.
  • When washing your car, use only as much water as you need. Turn the hose off when not in use and use biodegradable soap so that the run off will not damage plants and grass. Recycle unused bucket water by soaking nearby bushes or plants.

Most homeowners can save water by implementing these and other conservation steps. You’ll reduce your consumption, save money, and do your part to help your local environment.

Stock photo courtesy sxc.hu


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".