|Landscaping is a major consumer of residential water - almost 60% of your water bill is from outdoor use. Here are some water conservation tips for outdoors:
- Water in the early morning or evening - You can lose as much as 30% of water to evaporation if you water under the hot midday sun.
- Do not water the gutter – Position your sprinkler so the water lands on the lawn and not on paved areas. Also try to avoid watering on windy days.
- Use a broom - Don't use a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks.
- Plant drought-resistant trees and plants – This approach can provide a financial benefit of up to 40% in water costs. View a complete list of plants and trees available at the West Valley Water District Waterwise Demonstration Garden.
Waterwise Demonstration Garden
Did you know 70% of water is for outdoor use? The West Valley Water District’s Waterwise Demonstration Garden offers creative ideas and cost-effective methods of landscaping your garden utilizing California-friendly, drought-tolerant plants that provide opportunities for water conservation.
Learn How to Save Up to 60% in Water Consumption.
Today’s homeowner is more aware of the importance of conservation and protection of the environment. The Waterwise Demonstration Garden allows for making great strides toward water and energy conservation. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, replacing our traditional water-consuming, high-maintenance landscapes with California-friendly, drought-tolerant plants can reduce the average homeowner’s water consumption by 60%.
Create a design. Draw out the major elements of your landscape including house, driveway, sidewalk, trees, and other elements. Think of how you would want to use your new landscape. Would you like room for your pets? Need room for the kids to play? Curb appeal? Simply, what would you like to see?
Turf and Efficient Irrigation.
What is your non-functional turf? By non-functional turf we mean, if the only person that steps on that area of grass is the person mowing it, it’s non-functional. Consider replacing that specific area. As for the functional turf, make sure you have a water-efficient sprinkler system. High efficiency nozzles apply water to your landscape at a much slower pace than traditional spray nozzles. This allows the water more time to soak into the soil and for less runoff. Also, high efficiency nozzles deliver heavier streams and bigger droplets. The extra weight helps prevent those droplets from being carried away by wind. Remember, most people water their lawns more than it really needs; too much, too often. Furthermore, consider investing in a weather based smart irrigation timer controller.
To determine your soil type, take a handful of moist soil from your garden, and give it a firm squeeze.
- If it falls apart immediately - Sand
- If you touch it and it crumbles - Loam
- If you touch it and it stays the same - Clay
- View a complete list of plants in the Waterwise Demonstration Garden.
- Download the Waterwise Demonstration Garden Brochure.
- Look for the Water Saving Garden Friendly logo at Home Depot and other garden centers, to find plants that will thrive in the Inland Empire climate and save water. Click on the logo for more information.
Also, consider installing a drip irrigation system to water your plants and trees more efficiently.
Add Mulch whenever possible, 2 to 4 inches deep. Mulch helps conserve moisture by reducing water evaporation from the soil. It also improves the health of the soil, reduces weed growth, and makes your area look more appealing.