The San Diego County Water Authority has issued a request for increased conservation efforts during this current hot spell. Just as we “Flex our Power” to conserve energy, residents and businesses should flex their power at the tap to conserve water over the next two to three weeks.
Higher temperatures mean demand for treated water will also increase. Cooperative conservation efforts by businesses and residents in San Diego County will help manage the availability of treated water supplies during the current hot weather.
Here are four easy conservation practices to help manage the demand:
1. Set schedules to irrigate during off-peak hours between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
2. Skip one day of watering during the week or water during the weekend during this hot spell and when ever the temperatures rise, such as during Santa Ana conditions.
3. Check the soil’s moisture level before watering and only water if needed. Remember trees and shrubs generally need less water than grass.
4. Avoid filling pools, spas and fountains while its hot and only fill on weekends.
Here are some long-term practices to help conserve year-round:
• Use the Landscape Calculator at www.sandiego.gov/water/conservation to set a water saving irrigation schedule.
• Use the percent adjust key on your irrigation timer to reduce your irrigation cycle. Visit the Watering Index at www.bewaterwise.com.
• Check & adjust your irrigation system and timers at least once a month. Fix all problems promptly.
• Replace unused turf with low-water use plants and appropriate irrigation parts.
• Upgrade the irrigation system to include new, high-efficiency equipment such as weather-based irrigation controllers. (Landscape Assistance)
• Check the back-up batteries in your timer and replace with fresh batteries twice a year such as during the daylight-savings time change.
For additional information go to: www.sdcwa.org/conservation and click on “Conservation.”
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