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  • Set your mower blade higher – at least 3” in length.Water-Conservation
  • Mow when it’s cooler (early morning, later at night).
  • Don’t water on windy days.
  • Water when it’s cooler (early morning, late at night). Up to 30% of water can be lost if you water at midday.
  • Use a drip irrigation system.
  • Don’t water your sidewalk/driveway.
  • Install a rain sensor on your irrigation controller so that you aren’t watering your lawn while it’s raining.
  • Don’t let the hose run. Use a hose nozzle.
  • Use rain barrels to collect rain runoff from roof (saves about 1,300 gal/month for homeowners during peak summer months).
  • Check pools often for leaks. Use a pool cover. The average pool takes 2,200 gallons to fill, and hundreds of gallons can be lost due to evaporation if left uncovered.
  • Don’t wash dishes by hand – use the dishwasher.
  • Take showers, not baths. Baths use about 70 gallons of water while a 5-minute shower uses between 10 and 25 gallons of water.
  • Shorten your shower. Try to take showers that are 5 minutes or less.
  • Check toilets, pipes, and faucets for leaks. Fix promptly.
  • Insulate hot water pipes.
  • About 22% of indoor water usage comes from doing laundry. To cut down on water consumption, use efficient appliances, and make sure you’re doing full laundry loads. If it’s not a full load, adjust the water level to match the load size.
  • Use mulch.
  • Keep a water pitcher in the fridge for daily use.
  • Use a water bottle.
  • Thaw food in the fridge instead of under running water. Steam veggies in the microwave. Wash produce in a bowl. 
  • Save extra/used water and use it to water plants later.
  • Don’t overwater. For lawns, make sure they get about 1” per week. Don’t water outside the root zone.
  • Store hoses in the shade.
  • Water plants with larger amounts of water at longer intervals. This encourages deeper root growth and stronger turf.
  • Use a broom to clean sidewalk, driveway, and patio – not water.
  • Water lawn only if it needs it (if it doesn’t spring back when you step on it).
  • Wash car with a bucket and sponge instead of the hose.
  • Don’t leave the water running. If you do, use that extra water for something else.
  • Attend a landscaping class.
    • Create classes in partnership with the Chamber and Sustainability Commission?
    • Beaver Creek
    • Down to Earth Garden Center 
    • Rainmaster Lawn Systems
  • Try xeriscaping (landscaping that reduces the need of supplemental water from irrigation). This is landscaping with water conservation as its major objective.
  • Drought-Tolerant Landscaping:
    • Reduce the amount of lawn in your yard and replace it with low-water-needs plants.
    • Plant a natural meadow.
    • Group plants together based on their water needs. For those that need more water, plant them in containers that will hold water in.
    • Groundcovers are good plants to use that can catch water runoff 
    • Mulch is essential for conserving water.
    • Use native plants in your landscaping.
    • Make use of your shady areas. Shade helps reduce the need for water.
    • Add a fountain that recycles its water as a focal point.
    • Create permeable walkways. Create gaps between pavers for water to soak in.