Turn Off Your Irrigation When It Rains

Now that it has rained/sprinkled and temperatures have cooled, please turn off your irrigation for at least 48 hours.  The State Water Resources Control Board has issued regulations prohibiting outdoor watering for at least 48 hours.  Now, with this unprecedented drought it’s more important than ever to conserve water, especially outdoors.

Most Californians think they use more water indoors than outdoors.  Typically, the opposite is true.  In some areas, about 60% of the water used daily goes on lawns and outdoor landscaping. There are lots of ways to save water home, but reducing the water your use outdoors can make the biggest difference of all.  To find out how much your plants actually need,  you can find out by using a Watering Calculator.  The Watering Calculator will help you determine how to appropriately irrigate for your type of plants and soil.

One easy way to reduce your outdoor watering is by removing thirsty turf.  MNWD offers a rebate of up to $3.50 per square foot to remove your lawn and replace it with beautiful California Friendly landscaping.  For information about MNWD’s turf removal rebate, please click here or visit www.mnwd.com/rebates.

Or, you could install a weather-based irrigation timer (smart timer).  Smart timers use information about your plants, soil, and weather conditions to give your landscape the right amount of water year-round.  They allow for more accurate, customized irrigation by automatically adjusting the schedule and amount of water in response to changing weather conditions.  MNWD offers rebates for smart timers and many water saving devises.  Click here for more information about MWND’s rebates.

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Click here for more information about the State Water Resources Control Board’s 2015 Emergency Water Conservation Regulations.