August DRIP Tips
Time to Check Your Automatic Sprinkler Timer Clock: The water needs of lawn changes with the seasons. 80% of the amount of water you apply in July is needed in August. The amount of water required by your lawn in September and October is 53% and 33% of what is needed in July respectively.
Time to Check for Leaks: With higher water use in the summer, higher water bills are common place. Be sure to review your water bills month to month. Higher summer use can be the result of hidden system leaks that can go unnoticed due to higher summer season consumption. Remain vigilant in detecting water leaks throughout the year.
Cover that Pool: Pool owners can use a cover to reduce water loss through evaporation. By sides helping to keep the pool free from windblown debris, energy and chemical costs can be reduced.
Minimize the use of your kitchen sink garbage disposal units: In-sink ‘garburators’ require lots of water to operate properly, and also add considerably to the volume of solids in the sewer systems which can lead to maintenance problems. Start a compost pile as an alternate method of disposing food waste.
Be Water Observant: When you see an open fire hydrant, an errant sprinkler or broken pipe, tell the property owner, local authorities or your Water Department/District. We can all help save water!
The Drought Response Information Project (DRIP) is the drought and water conservation collaborative education effort by the valley’s domestic water utilities and CSU Extension. “Every Drop Matters” especially during drought conditions.
By David Reinertsen