Emergency Management News

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Watch Your Water Waste Outside #OKdrought #SPdrought #AltusOK

With a hot summer on the rise, drought has gotten even worse for many of the states on the West Coast, especially California. Even if your community is not directly impacted by a drought, it can still impact you in other ways, such as an increase in the cost of produce.
Conservation of water is absolutely imperative to combat the effects of a drought. As much as 50 percent of the water used outside our homes is wasted. The majority of our misuse of water comes from lawn maintenance and upkeep of our cars.
There are preventative measures you can take to reduce your water waste outside of the home.  Follow these tips and you will be well on your way:
  • Inspect your sprinkler system for clogged, broken or missing pieces. Consult a professional for more serious issues.
  • Select a proper watering schedule for your sprinkler system.
  • Check for local mandated water restrictions to help ensure there is enough water for necessary uses.
  • Raise the lawn mower blade. A higher cut encourages grass roots to grow deeper, shades the root system, and holds soil moisture. 
  • If you wash your own car, use a shut-off nozzle that can be adjusted.
For more tips and resources, visit ready.gov/drought and stay tuned! In next week’s e-Brief we will explore how to conserve water inside the home!

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