Summer is here! So are new personal irrigation habits
During the hot summer months, it’s crucial to adopt responsible personal irrigation habits that keep landscapes vibrant while also helping conserve water resources. By implementing a few simple strategies, you can make a significant difference in water conservation efforts and contribute to a sustainable future here in the Salinas Valley.
Water your lawn and garden during the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler and evaporation rates are lower. This ensures that the water penetrates the soil and reaches the roots effectively. Avoid watering during the hottest part of the day when the water is more likely to evaporate.
Adjust sprinklers. Ensure they are directing water onto your lawn and garden, avoiding sidewalks, driveways and other non-landscaped areas. Redirecting misplaced water can prevent unnecessary waste and ensure that every drop counts.
Install a rain sensor for your irrigation system. This handy device detects rainfall and automatically shuts off sprinklers during wet weather, preventing overwatering and saving water. It’s a simple and effective way to conserve water and minimize unnecessary irrigation.
In addition to these irrigation changes, it’s essential to be mindful of your overall water usage. Consider installing water-efficient fixtures in your home, such as low-flow showerheads and toilets, and repair any leaks promptly. Limit activities that consume excessive water, such as washing cars or driveways, and opt for environmentally friendly alternatives. Many public water systems offer rebates for commercial and residential users – connect with your provider for available rebates!