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Tips to conserve water in heat waves


When the temperature sizzles, many people rush for their hose to protect their gardens and lawns.

But many people waste water while they’re at it, raising their bills and wasting a natural resource.

The Regional Water Providers Consortium, a group including Portland Water Bureau and more than than 20 other agencies plus Metro, provide a weekly watering number that tells residents how much water to spray on plants and lawns when they turn on sprinklers. That’s at www.conserveh2o.org.

Other water conservation tips from the consortium:

• Water before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m., when temperaturs are cooler and evaporation is minimized.

• Add organic matter, such as compost, to the soil, helping soil retain more moisture.

• Raise your lawnmower blade; taller grass encourages deeper root growth, helping retain soil moisture.

For more information, visit www.conserveh2o.org.

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