North Texas has received a lot of rain lately. But saving water remains a top priority for Texans scorched by the recent drought. A new poll found that 84 percent believe we should continue to conserve water or only water lawns when needed.
LEARN TO WATER JUST ENOUGH.
Under the NTMWD Conservation Plan, homeowners and businesses can now water up to twice a week—when needed. But keep in mind that not all lawns need watering twice a week. In some weeks, watering isn't necessary at all.
To ensure you only water your lawn as needed, sign up at WaterMyYard.org for weekly emails or texts to guide you.
WaterMyYard.org pairs real-time data from local weather stations with information about your sprinkler system to guide you on watering more efficiently. It will tell you when to water, how much to water, and when you don't need to water at all.
SUMMER SAVING TIPS
- DO-IT-YOURSELF WATERING: As much as 50 percent of the water we use outdoors is wasted due to inefficient watering methods—sprinklers spraying on the driveway, running in the rain, staying on too long. Turning your sprinkler system to manual mode is a simple way to ensure your sprinklers are only running when and where you need them.
- RAIN NOR SHINE: Don’t water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Just as you wouldn’t want to water in the rain, watering during the hottest part of the day is also inefficient. A large portion of your water is likely to be dried up by the summer heat unless you limit your watering to the cooler morning or evening hours.
- USE NATIVE PLANTS: North Texas is home to many beautiful plants that bloom in summer—including angel’s trumpet (above left), lantana (above middle), and blackfoot daisies (above right). Being native to the area means they are designed to survive in the Texas climate and need little to no water. Show how beautiful water conservation can be by using the plants your garden was meant to have.
Don't forget to get out in the sunshine this summer. Catch us at one of these exciting events:
- 07 / 03 July 4th Spectacular in Princeton
- 07 / 05 Wylie Jubilee in Wylie
- 07 / 17 Movies in the Park in Mesquite
- 07 / 18 Farmers Market in Rockwall