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Posted on: August 25, 2020

Water Use Efficiency Standards are in Effect

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The majority of water use in the Inland Empire occurs outdoors, especially in warmer months when landscape watering increases. As temperatures rise, remember that monitoring your lawn and plants while practicing efficient water use is key to avoiding waste and maintaining a healthy landscape. You can keep your outdoor spaces beautifully maintained and help conserve local water supplies by following SBMWD’s water use efficiency standards. 

These standards include a 3-day watering schedule on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays before 8:00 a.m. and after 6:00 p.m. with maximum sprinkler cycles of 15 minutes per station per day.  This is more than enough to keep grass thriving with the proper irrigation techniques. 

The following tips will help you balance smart water use with your landscape water needs in the summer heat.

  • Timing is important as the best time to irrigate is early morning when evaporation is low and water can soak into plant roots. 
  • Use the “cycle and soak” method by programming 3 sprinkler cycles for 4-5 minutes each with at least an hour break in between.  By using shorter irrigation cycles, spread over several hours before sunrise, you can give most lawns the water they need when they need it.
  • To help grass retain moisture in the heat, adjust your mower blade to the highest setting. This creates a shade canopy over the soil and further reduces water evaporation. 

View our Water Conservation page for more water-saving tips, resources and additional information on SBMWD’s water use efficiency standards.

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