As of October 19, Governor Gavin Newsom expanded the state’s drought emergency order to all 58 counties urging Californians to step up their conservation efforts.
While local water supplies remain stable, reducing water use is the best way help keep our aquifer healthy. Water agencies urge residents to take advantage of cooler nighttime temperatures. Plants and grass do not need much water during the fall and winter seasons. Gradually reduce watering times to avoid wasting water.
For example, in November, grass only requires about four minutes per day. Similarly, in December water agencies recommend only three minutes per day. If your soil does not absorb water quickly, try dividing watering times into multiple sessions. This will allow the soil to efficiently absorb the water and reduce wasteful run-off. Download a monthly watering guide to use as a reminder to change your sprinkler system each month or season.
Remember to turn off your sprinklers during measurable rain and keep them off for at least two days or until after the ground has dried.
You can also install a smart irrigation controller that will water your landscaping automatically. It also comes with a rain sensor. Check your water agency for irrigation controller rebates or discounts.
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