Oklahoma City reminding residents to conserve water

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A sprinkler waters the grass on Bascom Hill at University of Wisconsin-Madison during a summer morning on June 25, 2012. This week's forecast calls for increasingly hot, dry weather with temperatures well into the 90s and much-needed rain nowhere in sight. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

A sprinkler waters the grass on Bascom Hill at University of Wisconsin-Madison during a summer morning on June 25, 2012. This week’s forecast calls for increasingly hot, dry weather with temperatures well into the 90s and much-needed rain nowhere in sight. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – As summer is winding down, officials in Oklahoma City are encouraging residents to conserve water.

Outdoor water use in Oklahoma City can account for about 40% of household water consumption.

Landscape sprinkler system use is the most common cause of an unexpected high water bill.

City officials are providing certain tips to help residents use water wisely:

  • Check your irrigation schedule, and only water on your allowed watering day. Properties with addresses that end in even numbers can water on even-numbered calendar days, and odd addresses can water on odd-numbered calendar days. Odd/even watering includes residents and businesses. Report water violations by visiting okc.gov/action.
  • Water early in the morning or late in the evening. Midday watering means over half of the water is lost to evaporation.
  • Periodically watch your sprinkler system while it’s running to find any leaking heads, pipes or busted backflow devices. Turn your system off until repairs are made.
  • Only water when necessary. Overwatering can cause turfgrass diseases, plant root rot and other issues.
  • Add a 2-to-4-inch layer of mulch around plants to keep water in the soil where plants need it.
  • Put a rain gauge in the yard. When it has 1 inch of water for the week during the summer, you can turn the sprinkler system off.
  • Let your bermudagrass lawn turn brown. It’s dormant and will come back.
  • Remember, fall is just around the corner. When temperatures drop, so should your watering schedules. Always adjust your runtimes with the season.

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