Outdoor Water Conservation Tips

waterdrop-300x200Even though we use water every day, it’s easy to take it for granted. Just imagine how you would function without clean water. It’s everyone’s responsibility to conserve and protect water resources. The decisions and actions you make today truly affect our water resources for the future. The following suggestions will help you get in the habit of saving water in the great outdoors:

  • ŸGet a rain gauge to measure rainfall. One inch of rain per week is generally sufficient for lawns and gardens. Supplement only when rainfall is inadequate.
  • Use mulch around landscape plantings. Mulch will help eliminate weeds and hold moisture in the soil.
  • Select hardy plants that don’t need much water. Native plants that are well adapted to your climate and soils will survive well without supplemental watering.
  • Water during the cool part of the day to avoid rapid evaporation.
  • Raise the mowing heights on your lawn mower. This promotes healthier grass that can better survive dry periods.
  • When watering is necessary, water slowly and thoroughly. If you notice puddles or runoff, turn water off and wait for water to soak in. Also be sure your sprinkler puts water where you need it—not on driveways or sidewalks.
  • Wash cars efficiently. First give the car a quick rinse, and then turn the water off. Wash one section of the car at a time and rinse that section quickly. Turn the water off each time.

Visit www.auduboninternational.org for more conservation tips.