Last year municipal wells in Rogers pumped over 460 million gallons of water. The summer months May through October accounted for nearly 70% of the water used throughout the entire year. Lawn irrigation is the number one reason for the spike of water usage throughout the year. After a long cold winter season there is nothing better than the smell of fresh cut grass and a perfectly manicured lawn, but small changes to how and when lawn irrigation takes place can mean reduction in water usage and savings for homeowners.
- Smart irrigation systems can connect to wifi accessing local weather forecasts, soil moisture levels, and the entire irrigation system can be controlled from a smartphone.
- Inspecting irrigation lines for leaks and ensuring sprinkler heads are watering grass rather than pavement is an easy way to maximize water being used for irrigation.
- Watering your lawn during the early morning hours will limit water loss to evaporation. \
- Limiting watering to every other day
- Planting native trees and plants that are drought resistant
- Use rain barrels to capture rainwater for gardens
We all drink from the same aquifer, small changes can make a big difference in sustainably managing our drinking water supply.