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4 Water-Saving Tips for Summer Irrigation

As the days get longer and the temperature starts to rise, we know the impending arrival of summer is just around the corner. It is inevitable that outdoor water consumption will peak during the summer months. While higher utility bills can be expected, they shouldn’t—and don’t have to—burn a hole in your wallet. Read along as we discuss residential irrigation water-saving tips for summer.

Assess Your Lawn Before You Water

Take a moment to check over your lawn and determine what truly needs to be watered and rehydrated. Testing your lawn by simply stepping on the grass can reveal its hydration needs. If the blades bounce back, your lawn is likely hydrated, but if it stays flat, it’s time to water.

Time Your Watering Wisely

When it comes to watering your lawn, timing is key and a huge part of Delano Municipal Utilities’s (DMU) new water restriction policy. DMU has adopted new guidelines and requirements regarding lawn watering in the city of Delano at the recommendation of the Minnesota DNR. These guidelines stipulate specific watering times and frequencies based on odd or even addresses, with watering permitted only before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m.* Luckily for you, watering your lawn in the early morning hours helps to minimize water loss due to evaporation from the Midwest heat.

Watering your lawn once a week can effectively meet its hydration needs while still conserving water. Also, make sure your sprinkler heads are properly adjusted to hit your lawn and garden, not your sidewalks and driveway, ensuring efficient watering and saving you money and time in the long run.

*Due to the new requirements, any violations may result in a fine. Exceptions are made for newly seeded or sodded areas, allowing watering for 30 days, and hand-watering with a hose is permitted.

Choose Native Plants

When it comes to conserving water, picking a native plant is a practical and sustainable choice. Native plants can naturally adapt to the local climate and soil conditions of your lawn. This helps to reduce the need for excessive irrigation, contributing to water conservation efforts while promoting a healthy landscape. Native plants also help to support local wildlife and ecosystem diversity, providing food and habitat for birds, insects, and other animals. Incorporating native plants into your landscaping will not only save water, but will also promote a healthy and vibrant ecosystem in your backyard.

Repair Outdoor Water Leaks

A leaky outdoor faucet can waste more water per year than you think. If a faucet is dripping at a rate of one drip per second, that can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water per year. This makes it essential to regularly inspect your outdoor hoses, faucets, and irrigation systems. By taking these proactive measures, you can help prevent water loss and conserve this valuable resource. In the long run, addressing leaks can help you save money on water bills and keep the environment healthier.

Rely on Delano Municipal Utilities for All Your Residential Energy and Water Needs

We here at DMU understand the importance of balancing a beautiful landscape with mindful water usage. However, doing so doesn’t have to require wasted water and extreme utility costs. Use these summer irrigation tips to help lower your water bill this season.

As always, Delano Municipal Utilities (DMU) is here to help with your public power and water needs. Contact us today with any questions or to learn more.