Be Water Smart

About the Consortium
Water. Save a Little. Help a Lot.

We think of the Pacific Northwest as a place of abundant rainfall (about 37 inches per year) and plentiful water.

And, it is – for now. But, as our water demands continue to grow, long term water supply issues, and the factors that impact them, will become more important to us all.

The Regional Water Providers Consortium is committed to good stewardship of our region’s water through conservation, emergency preparedness planning and water supply coordination.

Outdoor Water Conservation Tips
Here are 10 ways to curb your water use while still maintaining a green and vibrant landscape.

  • Adjust your sprinklers so that they’re watering your lawn and garden, and not the street or sidewalk.
  • Water early in the morning (before 10a.m) or later in the evening (after 6 p.m.) when temperatures are cooler and evaporation is minimized.
  • Set it, but don’t forget it! Whether you have a manual or automatic system, be sure to adjust your watering schedules throughout the irrigation season.
  • Water established lawns about 1 inch per week (a bit more during hot, dry weather). Find out how much to water this week with the Weekly Watering Number.
  • Inspect your overall irrigation system for leaks, broken lines or blockage in the lines. A well maintained system will save you money, water, and time.
  • Consider replacing some turf area with low water use plants and ornamental grasses. They are easier to maintain than turf, look beautiful, and require far less water.
  • Group plants with like watering needs. Creating “watering zones” in your garden will allow you to give each plant the water it requires – not too much or too little.
  • Add a shut-off nozzle to your garden hose and save about 5-7 gallons each minute your hose is on.
  • Adjust your mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn provides shade to the roots and helps retain soil moisture, so your lawn requires less water.
  • Apply the amount of water your soil can absorb. Water thoroughly, but infrequently. If run off or puddling occurs, break longer watering sessions into several short sessions allowing water to soak into the soil between each session.

Interesting in saving water indoors too?
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How Water Smart Are You?

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and find a variety of indoor and outdoor
water conservation tips that will
help you save water,
time and money.

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Curious About
Your Water Supply?

People cannot live without water,
but we often take it for granted. Are you
curious about where your water comes from?

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