Saving Water Outdoors

More than 40% of the City’s total water demand is used for irrigation and outdoor activities. Consider these water saving recommendations to reduce water consumption and maintain a beautiful landscape.

  • Water your lawn only when needed; once every four days is best.
  • Turn-off automated irrigation system when rain is predicted; leave it off until soil dries and needs water again.
  • Maintain a thick layer of mulch on beds to reduce water loss from the soil and minimize weed growth.
  • Set lawn mower blades to cut grass 2-3' tall, leave grass clippings.
  • Hand water landscape areas that need more water than other areas.
  • Use a hose spray nozzle with a shutoff handle that stops water flow when not in use.
  • Use a broom to sweep debris off pavement.
  • Choose drought resistant and native plants and create hydro zones where plants with similar water requirements are grouped together.
  • Collect rain water to use in the landscape.

Additional Resources

  • Rainwater Harvesting
    Learn more about this great conservation practice and see how it can be great for your yard and your wallet
  • WaterSense
    Smart Outdoor Water Use Practices
  • Earth-Kind Landscaping
    Techniques that provide maximum garden and landscape enjoyment while preserving and protecting the environment