College Station Smart Water Guide
Even though July tends to see the highest use of water, hot temperatures and little precipitation lead to double the normal water usage in College Station last month. That would seem to indicate that we're likely to see an even higher usage this month than in years past. In dry months, many homeowners tend to water their landscaping more often and for longer periods of time. However, that's not always the most beneficial. The following is a College Station Smart Water Guide to help you get through the hot summer months.
An automatic sprinkler system can do wonders for efficient use of water. If you are considering installing an automatic system, look for one with a rain sensor that will automatically shut off when the occasional rainstorm comes through College Station, soaking the top few inches of soil. Instead of watering the lawn for 15 to 30 minutes at a time, set your sprinklers to go off for 5 to 10 minutes once an hour for a three hour interval. This gives the soil time to soak in the water without having the waste of water runoff.
Even in the warmest months in College Station, you don't need to water your lawn more than two to three times a week. According to the College Station Smart Water Guide, the biggest waste of water is the runoff. Even if you have a very slight slope in your lawn, water will follow gravity and run into the gutter, sidewalk or street.
The College Station Smart Water Guide also suggests that the best time to water your landscaping is late at night (after the sun goes down) or early in the morning (right before or at sunrise). The ground is ready to absorb any water that comes its way without the hot sun drying it up. Set your timer accordingly.
Following these simple tips in the College Station Smart Water Guide will not only help conserve this valuable resource, it will also help save you money on your water bill and preserve this precious commodity for generations to come. Use water intelligently. Don't be wasteful. We've only got one planet. Use her resources wisely.
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Originally posted on my Living in Bryan-College Station real estate blog here: http://livinginbryancollegestation.com/college-station-smart-water-guide/.