Smart Watering

Smart Watering means using water best. We have plentiful water sources and customers are free to use what they need, but mastering these tips can help keep surprise water bills at bay while helping us save power and run our system (your system!) greener.

Most homeowners water their lawns on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday out of habit. But if everybody waters at the same time, it creates a "traffic jam" inside the water system. Like gunning the engine of your car, this "gun it" demand adds wear-and-tear, costs more to run, and affects pressure in certain areas. 

We’re encouraging customers to change their watering schedule to water on Tuesday, Thursday, and weekends. Water any time of day. As much as you need. No restrictions.

We are fortunate to have a stable and plentiful water supply. If we can smooth out the demand for outdoor watering evenly throughout the week, we can prolong the life of the water system, run it more efficiently, and get more value from it. Will you do your part?

  • Aim your sprinklers so only your lawn is watered - not the house, sidewalk, or street.
  • Avoid watering during the heat of the day. During midday, water is lost to evaporation which makes the application less effective.
  • Watering early in the morning and later in the evening ensures more water saturating your lawn and garden.
  • Water deeply and infrequently. Deep, infrequent watering promotes deep, strong, drought-tolerant root systems.
  • Don't over-water. Excess moisture can weaken the plant's root system, making it more susceptible to diseases and insect damage costing you time in money in repairing it.
  • Break up your watering cycle. Shorter periods reduce runoff and allow for better absorption every time you water.
  • Use a rain barrel. Learn more tips and about cost-sharing programs in our county on our Garden Tips page.