Did you know water usage in the Portland Metro area can more than double and even triple during the summer months? We Oregonians work hard to keep our lawns and gardens green in hot and dry weather. Many of us have heard the advice to water our lawn about an inch a week – and more during hotter weather – but few of us actually know what that means. In fact, many people actually over-water their lawns without realizing it.
Top Five “waterwise” tips:
- Water lawns and gardens early in the morning (before 10 am) or later in the evening (after 6 pm) when temperatures are cooler and evaporation is minimized.
- Adjust your sprinklers so they are watering your lawn and garden and not the street.
- Water in several short sessions rather than one long session to allow for better absorption and to prevent run-off.
- Adjust your mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn provides shade to the roots and helps retain soil moisture, so your lawn requires less water.
- Add a shut-off nozzle to your garden hose and save about 5-7 gallons of water each minute your hose is on.
To receive a free watering gauge kit, call 503-823-7528 or email RWPCinfo@portlandoregon.gov (include your mailing address, water provider name and how you heard about the offer).
Visit the Regional Water Providers Consortium website for more information.