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Russian River Utility
7131 Mirabel Road
Forestville, CA 95436
Phone: 707-887-7735
Toll Free: 800-244-5518
Saving H²O Outdoors

Dew Drops on Leaves There are lots of ways to save water, but reducing the water you use outdoors can make the biggest difference of all. By making a few easy changes to the way we use water outside our homes — like watering lawns only when needed, adjusting sprinklers to avoid watering sidewalks and using a broom instead of a hose — you can save a significant amount of water every day.

Landscape
  • Reduce your watering days to once or twice per week. Water your lawn only when it needs it. Water early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler.
  • Don’t automatically increase water usage when a hot spell hits. Lawns and gardens that have had regular, deep soaks can weather short periods of extreme heat.
  • Use timers to avoid over watering your yard and garden
  • Mulch plants generously to retain moisture in the root zone.
  • Consider soaker hoses or a drip irrigation system for your vegetable garden, shrubs and flower beds.
  • Aerate your lawn in the spring or fall, top dress with compost and apply a healthy compost tea. This promotes deep root growth, improves water infiltration rates and water holding capacity of soils, and improves overall soil health.
  • Plant native or water-wise species (see Frequently asked questions, below, for plant suggestions).
  • Look for sprinkler, hose or faucet leaks and fix them
  • Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street. Save: 15-12 gallons/each time you water.
  • Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation and keep the soil cool. Organic mulch also improves the soil and prevents weeds.
  • Plant drought-resistant trees and plants. Suggestions and resources to do so can be found at:
Cleanup
  • Use a broom to clean driveways, sidewalks and patios. Save: 8-18 gallons/minute
  • Wash cars/boats with a bucket, sponge, and hose with self-closing nozzle. Save: 8-18 gallons/minute
Activities
  • Teach children that the hose and sprinkler are not toys.
  • Install a pool/spa cover to reduce evaporation and filter backwash.
  • Test pool and spa water frequently and maintain appropriate chemical balances to avoid the need to drain it except for structural repairs. Check your pool and spa plumbing for leaks.
Capture and Use Rainwater
It’s possible to save significant amounts of rainwater for later use. Below are links to help you get started: Have kids?
You can get them thinking about saving water by going to water saving games for kids: Kids Can Help Save Water

Conservation Tips

Indoors
  Find and repair leaks now

  Install high-efficiency toilets

  Run the dishwasher and washing machine with full loads only

  Install water- and energy-efficient appliances

  Install low-flow showerheads

  Fill the bathtub halfway or less

  Turn water off when brushing teeth or shaving

Outdoors
  Reduce your watering days to once or twice per week

  Plant native or water-wise species

  Inspect and tune up irrigation system monthly

  Irrigate between midnight and 6AM to reduce water loss from evaporation and wind

  Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveway, deck or patio

  Use a bucket and a hose with self-closing nozzle to wash the car or take your car to a carwash that recycles water

  Cover pools and hot tubs to reduce evaporation

See more tips and resources in our Conservation section

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