The Town always suggests that residents practice basic water conservation methods. This has the benefit of keeping your water & sewer utility bill low as well as benefitting the environment.
- Ensure your taps are tightened and there are no leaks inside or outside the home.
- Only operate outdoor water features when you are there to enjoy them.
- Consider drip or trickle irrigation systems.
- Use low rise sprinkler heads.
- Clean driveways with a broom, instead of a hose or pressure washer.
- Turn off your tap while you brush your teeth.
- Install a rain barrel to use for watering plants or gardens
- Water in the very early mornings or late evenings and avoid watering during the middle of the day when temperatures are highest.
- Take note of how much rainfall you have received in the past week.
- Water in the early morning to reduce evaporation.
- Water on calm days to prevent wind drift.
- Avoid watering hard surfaces.
- Check your hose for leaks or blockages.
- Choose an efficient irrigation system.
- Don’t water your lawn excessively. It can promote the growth of fungus and cause your lawn to yellow.
- Don’t cut grass shorter than 6-8cm to ensure roots are well shaded.
- Aerate your lawn once a year in the early spring or fall.
- Apply nitrogen fertilizer to promote a healthy thick lawn.
- Established lawns generally require about 2.5cm (1 inch) of water per week to thrive. If this amount of rainfall is provided your lawn will thrive without supplemental watering.
Shrubs & Flower Garden Tips
- Direct water to the root system.
- Apply a layer of mulch about 5-7.5cm deep to retain moisture, moderate soil temperature, control erosion and suppress weeds.
- Use a soaker hose based at the base rather than a sprinkler.
- Grass under trees competes with tree’s roots for water. Remove grass and place a layer of mulch which helps retain water.
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