When the temperature sizzles, many people rush for their hose to protect their gardens and lawns.
But many people waste water while theyre 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. Thats 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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