Water Conservation Tips for the Summer
Rising temperatures in the summer months can more than double water consumption. Landscaping, sprinklers, pools, washing the car and other summer tasks take a serious toll on water usage, but just a few simple practices are all it takes to reduce your water consumption.
Check out our water conservation tips for the summer to save money and do your part to conserve this valuable resource.
Prioritize Your Landscaping Needs
Landscaping needs take a huge toll on water consumption, but you can conserve water by determining which area of your yard needs the most attention. Newly-planted shrubs, trees, lawns and flowers need first priority when it comes to water, due to their immature root systems.
To reduce waste, it’s best to water early in the morning when the air is cool and the wind isn’t at full strength. Mulching can reduce evaporation, retain moisture and keep the soil cool as well. The most effective watering method is a slow trickle from the hose, rather than at full strength, which can cause runoff.
Weeds are not only unsightly for your garden, but they also increase the moisture needs. If you’re watering your flowers and shrubs with weeds around, you’ll end up using extra water to make sure that your desirable plants get all they need. Be sure to keep your garden free of weeds and focus your efforts on your garden plants.
Limit Usage While Washing the Car
Wash your car with a bucket of water and a hose with a trigger-control nozzle, which gives you better control over the water flow and reduces waste. Work in small sections, rinsing as you go, so you use the minimal amount of water necessary to clean your car.
Reuse Household Water
Water from dehumidifiers and air conditioners can be used to water your garden plants. You can use it immediately or collect it in a bucket for future use but avoid using water that contains chemicals from cleaning solvents.
Irrigation equipment can develop leaks over time, not to mention that newer equipment is designed to conserve water. Replace your existing equipment with low-precipitation-rate sprinklers, low-volume micro-irrigation hoses and sprinklers and smart controllers. These systems water plants slowly, which minimizes runoff, overwatering and evaporation. You can also add a shut-off valve to the end of hoses and turn off water while moving from different areas of your garden.
Learn More About Water Conservation Tips for the Summer at Village Plumbing
With just a few small changes, we can all do more to conserve our most precious natural resource: water. If you’re looking for more water conservation tips for the summer, or you’d like to retrofit or upgrade your outdoor irrigation equipment, Village Plumbing, LLC can help. Contact us today to learn more about our residential plumbing services in Henderson, Las Vegas and surrounding areas!