There are many steps you can take to conserve water outdoors. Implement your own voluntary water conservation program by reducing residential outdoor watering to twice per week. This conservation measure alone will have the most significant impact on water usage. Below are more useful tips:
- Use a broom, not a hose, to remove debris from sidewalks, patios and driveways.
- Drain water from pools and hot tubs onto vegetated areas, not in the gutter.
- Fix leaky hoses and faucets.
- Use hoses and sprinkler heads that drip water slowly close to the ground.
- Let the City Water Utilities Office know when you see wasteful usage outdoors that occurs on a regular basis (see Water Utilities Directory).
- Check sprinkler heads regularly for leaks or breaks.
- Use a bucket of soapy water, not just the hose, to wash your car.
- Concrete won’t grow; don’t water your driveway, the sidewalks or streets. Adjust sprinklers accordingly.
- There is more to yards than lawns. Use native and water-efficient plants and trees to create an enjoyable outdoor space.