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Reducing Summer Water Usage

Gardening:

  • Plant species native to Southern Alberta. Click here!​
  • Plant in spring and fall when the watering requirements are lower.
  • L​eave lower branches on trees and shrubs - this will allow leaf litter to accumulate, keeping the soil cooler and reduce evaporation.
  • Start a compost pile, this increases the water holding capacity of your soil.

Watering:

  • Water only when necessary- more plants die from over watering than under watering.
  • Signs of overwatering: leaves turn lighter shades of green or yellow, young shoots wilt, and sometimes algae or fungi grow.
  • Apply water only as fast as soil can absorb it.
  • Avoid watering areas that are hard to water (ie: slopes and isolated areas).
  • Collect water using rain barrels.
  • Direct gutters and downspouts to trees and shrubs.
  • Check your sprinkler system often, ensuring there are no leaks and the water is not hitting the house, sidewalk, or street.
  • Try to avoid watering at windy times of the day, as the water will only be dispersed by the wind or evaporate.
  • Check your hoses and outdoor taps for leaks and dripping water.
  • Watering in the early morning is best because it is cooler and allows leaves to dry off during the day.
  • Your lawn only needs approximately 1 inch of water per week. A Frisbee is a great way to measure the amount of water.
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Lawn care:

  • Keep your grass a little longer - it keeps in moisture. Adjust your lawn mower to 1.5 to 2 inches in height.
  • Leave lawn clippings on your grass. This cools the gr​ound and keeps moisture in.
  • Aerate your lawn occasionally. This allows for water to percolate to the roots, and not run off as surface water.
  • Use minimum amounts of fertilizers, as they require more water use.

Landscaping:

  • A xeriscaped garden will help be water efficient. Click here!
  • Consider taking courses on landscaping or xeriscaping workshops .
  • Use porous material for walkways and patios, this will help keep water in your yard.
  • Pruning properly can help to use water more efficiently.

Pools:

  • Use a pool cover to keep your pool clean, reduce chemical use and prevent water loss via evaporation.
  • Ensure you have recirculating pumps.
  • For automatic refilling devices, check periodically for leaks.
  • Keep water in the pool when playing.
  • Join a community pool.

General Outdoor:

  • Use a commercial car wash. The water from car washes is treated by the wastewater treatment plant.
  • If you wash your pet outside, pick a spot on the lawn, in an area that needs to be watered.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your sidewalks, driveways, patios, or decks.
  • When you give your pet fresh water, use the old water to water your plants or grass.

 

More Information:


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Water conservation and program information

Xeriscaping

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