Use Water Wisely Outdoors This Summer

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Did you know that Calgary’s dry climate is at risk of droughts, which can put pressure on our rivers and impact our water supply?

During the summer, Calgary communities can see an average increase of 20 to 30 percent because of outdoor watering activities. Below are some actions that can help you to create a water efficient home and yard and prepare for hot and dry conditions.

Following These Guidelines Will Help You Prepare for the Weather and Build Resiliency to Drought in Our City:

  • Water in the early morning – before 7:00 am or later in the evening.
  • Watch the weather forecast and skip watering after it rains or when rain is in the forecast.
  • Only give plants the water they need, and don’t overwater. Read plant tags to know how much to water your garden.
  • Water plants with a soaker hose, drip irrigation, or by hand to direct water to a plant’s roots and help avoid losing water to evaporation.
  • Capture and use the free rainwater that lands on your property! Install a rain barrel and use it to water your trees, shrubs, and flowers.

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.