Tips for saving water and preserving your landscape during California's drought

For the first time since 1991, California's governor has proclaimed a statewide drought. Coming on the heels of a predicted reduction in water runoff at 41% of normal years, Governor Schwarzenegger has directed the Department of Water Resources to work with local water districts and agencies to improve water efficiency and conservation. Water agencies are raising rates, and calling for 15% to 30% reductions in usage, and in some cases, imposing mandatory rationing.

Since half of residential water use is for landscape use, better irrigation practices can have a major impact in reducing water use. Try these tips for more efficient landscape irrigation:

  • Water only before 6.a.m. and after 8 p.m. to reduce evaporation and wind loss.
  • Adjust irrigation system to prevent overspray and run-off.
  • Add 2" to 3" of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation.
  • Upgrade to a "smart irrigation controller" that automatically adjusts water time for depending on local weather and your specific landscape needs.

ETwater's smart controller system integrates weather data and Web-based technology to assure your plants get the right amount of water at the right time, promoting healthy plants, saving water and reducing your water bills. ETwater is the leader in Web-powered irrigation control, and the only irrigation company ever to win the coveted Wall Street Journal Tech Award for "Best Environmental Technology Innovation."

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