Running your sprinklers during the day will result in unnecessary water loss from evaporation, due to the higher heat during the day.
Adjust your sprinkler timer to reduce the number of minutes that each station runs to reduce the amount of runoff that comes off your lawn and onto sidewalks and gutters. Make sure your sprinklers are adjusted to reduce wasting water on paved surfaces.
Water your plants deeply enough for the roots to grow deep into the soil. Deeply rooted lawns and plants will be more resistant to drought and require less frequent watering.
Use mulches and composts to help build healthy soils and retain soil moisture, allowing for longer periods between irrigation while conserving hundreds of gallons per month.
Washing of cars, trailers, and boats should only be done on your designated watering days using a bucket and/or hose with automatic shut-off nozzle for quick rinses.
Water should not be used to wash down sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, or other paved surfaces. This wasted water washes pollutants like oil, brake dust, and other contaminants into the storm drain system and eventually into our waterways and ocean.
Attend a California Friendly Landscape Training seminar available to all Orange County residents. For more information please visit www.mwdoc.com/cafriendly.htm.