Water Conservation Tips for a Hot, Dry Summer
Summer’s here – and that frequently means kids running through sprinklers in the middle of sweltering afternoons. Or it would, except local water officials say you shouldn’t water during afternoons at all. KXJZ has some more conservation tips.
Monday, July 7, 2008
OK, want a nice, easy, catch phrase to remind you how to reduce your lawn or garden’s water use? Lisa Maddaus has one – she’s with the greater Sacramento area’s Regional Water Authority.
Maddaus: “Our three basic tips for outdoor watering include the right amount of water, the right plants and the right irrigation system design.”
Officials say the best way to get help with all three of those is to request a free inspection from your local water agency. A technician will visit your house and set up your irrigation system to get the best results while using less water.
Officials also recommend watering only three times a day, for around five minutes at a time – and on just three days a week, depending on which side of the street you live on. Most importantly, they say, only water at night – and especially avoid the hours between noon and 6pm.