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Lawn Watering Infoline - July 26, 2021

Monday, July 26, 2021

Voluntary water reductions are currently in place to preserve water for essential domestic use, as we work to extend our limited supply of chlorine following a nationwide shortage. This means reducing all non-essential water use and eliminating water waste immediately. A full list of easy actions you can take is available here.
With current and forecasted weather conditions, supplemental irrigation may be necessary this week. Turf grass will need about 1.83 inches of water.

Different sprinklers apply water at different rates, but as an approximate guideline, you would need to run standard spray sprinklers a total of about 73 minutes for the week. Rotors apply water more slowly, so they need to run around 175 minutes over the course of the week to apply the same amount of water. If you have multi-stream rotators, you need to run those for 274 minutes for the week.

To determine how long to run sprinklers each watering day, divide the total minutes we’ve given by the number of days you will be watering this week. For example, if you water 4 days per week, you would run spray sprinklers for 18 minutes each watering day to apply the needed amount of water. Typical rotors would need to run 43 minutes on each watering day and multi-stream rotators for 68 minutes each watering day.

To help you make the most of your watering this season, consider these helpful tips.
Run your sprinklers in the early mornings or late evenings. By doing this, you are helping your lawn get the most out of each watering cycle.

In addition to adjusting your irrigation times, remember to give your sprinkler system an occasional checkup. If you haven't observed your system operating lately, turn it on and make sure your sprinklers are all working and functioning properly.
For information on the best ways to water, visit our Conservation page or call 541-774-2436.
Thank you for being mindful of your water use. Using these tips, we hope you’ll find that you can maintain a beautiful, healthy landscape while using water wisely.

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