July is Smart Irrigation Month. During one of the hottest months of the year, United Water is partnering with the Irrigation Association to promote efficient irrigation and increase awareness of the value of water.
Hot temperatures usually lead to spikes in residential, commercial and agricultural water consumption. But, by being smart about water usage, customers can guard against seeing spikes in their utility bills while protecting the environment. A win-win!
Here are some tips for using water wisely during unusually hot weather:
- Choose plants with low water requirements that are suited to your local climate.
- Keep your soil healthy by adding compost or fertilizer to improve moisture retention.
- Using 2-4 inches of mulch improves water penetration and helps control weeds.
- “Hydro-zone” your yard by grouping plants with similar moisture needs in the same area.
- Plant in spring or fall because planting in summer requires more water to establish the plant’s life.
- Only plant grass where it will be used and enjoyed.
- Plant shade trees where possible to reduce soil evaporation.
- Schedule the watering of each “zone” to account for sun, shade, and wind exposure.
- Water your plants – not the sidewalk.
- Avoid watering during the hottest part of the day. Water when the sun is down and temperatures are cool.
- Water more often, for shorter intervals so the soil can absorb the water.
- Inspect your irrigation system monthly for leaks and other problems.
- Install a rain shut-off switch to prevent watering when unnecessary.
- Winterize your irrigation systems to flush out water that could cause pipe breaks.