How can I reduce outside water usage?

  1. Water the lawn and garden only when necessary. Early morning or evening are the best times. Let grass grow higher in dry weather. Mulch your trees and plants. Avoid watering driveways and sidewalks.
  2. Deep-soak your lawn. Allow the moisture to soak down to the roots where it does the most good. A light sprinkling evaporates quickly.
  3. Plant drought resistant trees and plants. Many beautiful trees and plants thrive with less watering, particularly native species.
  4. Wash your car sensibly. Clean the car with a pail of soapy water and use the hose only for a quick rinse. Allow water to run into a hedge or shrub rather than down the gutter.
  5. Use a rain barrel.