During the summer, water use in Calgary communities can increase by 20 to 30 percent. This is due in large part to our watering of gardens and grass. Increased demand for water places a strain on our rivers, the source of our drinking water, and water treatment plants. Being mindful of the water we use outdoors can reduce the impact of hot and dry weather on our yards and gardens.
Adopt these simple tips to ensure you’re using water wisely:
o Watch your weather forecast and skip watering when it has rained or is forecast to rain.
o Avoid watering in the heat of the day (10:00 to 3:00 pm). The best time to water is early in the morning.
o Use the right watering tool for the job. A soaker hose, drip irrigation and a watering can, direct water where it is needed most – to the plant roots.
o Capture free rainwater in a rain barrel and use it on your trees, shrubs, and flowers.
o Keep your lawn at least three inches high. Taller grass shades the soil, requiring less water and staying healthier.
o Add bark, wood chips, or stones to reduce water evaporation from your soil.
Visit calgary.ca/waterguide for information on how to create a water efficient yard including Watering 101 for plants, shrubs and trees, lawn care, and irrigation systems.