April is Water Conservation Month

April is Water Conservation Month

Guest article written by Tampa Bay Water

 

The Tampa Bay Water Board of Directors joined the State of Florida and local governments in declaring April as Water Conservation Month. This annual proclamation underscores the need to conserve water during Florida’s typical spring dry season by highlighting a variety of programs, promotions and public awareness campaigns aimed at improving water use efficiency.

In April, May and June, Florida’s temperatures begin to increase while the state’s rainfall tends to decrease. As temperatures rise, so does outdoor water use. Residents and businesses can take a number of steps to save water outdoors during our traditional dry times:

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Check for sprinklers, like this one, that are blocked by plant growth and solve the problem.

  •  If it rains at least ½ inch on or just before your watering day, skip your day.
  • Conduct a visual inspection of your irrigation system each month by turning the water on to each zone for less than 5 minutes and visually looking for broken or misdirected heads. Correct these problems and water only your plants, not your driveway, house, or sidewalk.
  • If you are planning to add new garden beds this spring, use Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ to put the right plant in the right place and save water.
  • Wait to install new sod, trees, or plants until the summer rainy season.
  • Make sure your landscape beds have a 2-3 inch layer of organic mulch around each plant but not touching the plant trunk. Mulch cools the plant roots and helps retain moisture.
  • Use a hose nozzle when hand watering or washing your car. It saves water by keeping the water from running constantly.
  • Mow your grass on the highest setting possible (3 to 4 inches) and remove more than one-third of the grass height. This helps to increase plant root depth and make it more tolerant to dry conditions.

And as always, know your watering day(s) and times. Watering restrictions differ by city and county.

For more information on Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ in Pinellas County, call 727-582-2100.