Conservation blog

Outdoor Conservation

Aug 1, 2023 | Education, Water Conservation Issues

Water Education
Even a modest-sized lawn can consume thousands of gallons of water per month. Reducing outdoor water use is wise both, ecologically and economically. In the chart below, the volumes above the RED LINE are primarily for outdoor water use (irrigation of landscaping).


What can we do to reduce summer outdoor water use?
Many exceptional varieties of garden-worthy, drought tolerant plants are available to incorporate into a new or existing landscape design. Once established, native trees, shrubs, succulents and grasses require little supplemental watering. You can save even more water by replacing potable City water supplies with rainwater collected from your roof.

The Path to Reducing Outdoor Water use is Straightforward

Design a plan

Installing low water use plants and grouping them with treees and shrubs with similar light and water needs will save water and save you money!

Amend the Soil

In some cases, improving the soil during site preparation is necessary. your local nursery can assist with adding missing constituents to the soil.

Select Low Water Use Plants

Consider the long term water demand, fire resistance, mature size, and maintenance needed. 

Install a Drip Irrigation System

Don’t forget to adjust the watering system to account for plants maturity and seasonal precipitation.

Mulch/Top Dress

Shredded wood chips and garden compost help conserve soil moisture.

Maintain the Landscape

Seasonal maintenance and an efficient irrigation system will ensure outdoor living areas remain healthy and Water Smart!

Do Your Part

Be WaterSmart

Curious if your water conservation efforts pay off? View your eligibility for incentives and rebates below.