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Outdoor water use is estimated to account for roughly 30% of all residential water use, and landscape irrigation (lawn and garden watering) accounts for over 50% of that. Smart irrigation practices use less water and reduce water bills while promoting healthy lawns. Follow the smart watering tips below to help keep your grass green as you save green.

Smart Lawn Watering Tips

Check irrigation systems for leaks and broken parts. Replace spray sprinklers with high-efficiency nozzles that produce droplets, not a mist that can evaporate or blow away.
When watering is needed, water early in the morning, between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m., to reduce evaporation.
Be aware that established lawns and landscapes need only about one inch of water each week.
Install a rain sensor and remember to adjust automatic sprinkler systems following rain events.
Switch to drip irrigation, which applies water directly to the roots of shrubs and trees.
Use a rain barrel or underground rainwater harvesting system for your landscape watering needs.
Reduce your lawn area and replace grass with native plants, groundcover or hardscape to reduce watering needs.
Set your mower blade to a higher setting to help shade roots and hold soil moisture longer.
Add mulch to help plants retain moisture.
Adjust sprinklers so they aren't watering the sidewalk or street.

Get Your Free Rain Gauge
Need help ensuring you don't over-water your lawn? Use CWLP's handy rain gauge to measure both the amount of rain your lawn receives and the amount of water you apply each week. The gauge is free to CWLP customers who email a request to the Energy Services Office. Supplies are limited, so order yours today!

 

 

 

 

 


Learn More About Efficient Outdoor and Indoor Water Use With These Free Pamphlets
The CWLP Energy Services Office offers a variety of pamphlets designed to help you become a wiser water consumer. These pamphlets are available online by clicking on the titles below.

Outdoor Water Use
Lawn Care Water Use
Fine Tune Your Irrigation System
Indoor Water Use
How To Fix a Toilet Leak
Water Quiz
 
CWLP residential water customers are also eligible to receive a free Water-Saver Kit, which contains a number of items that can help reduce water usage in the home. These kits are primarily intended for older homes with kitchens and baths that have not been updated in the past several years.

For more information about water efficiency, contact the CWLP Energy Services Office by:

phone: (217) 789-2070
FAX: (217) 789-2210
email: nrgxprts@cwlp.com

Links to more information about water conservation and related topics can be found in the left-hand column of this page.

 

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