Wednesday, January 27, 2016

It's Water-Wise Wednesday with Frannie the Fish {Ways to Protect and Conserve Groundwater - Water Wisely}

It's week nine in Frannie's series of The Groundwater Foundation's Top 10 List of Ways to Protect and Conserve Groundwater at Home.  This week, Frannie is asking you to look into the future...

In just a few months, spring will have sprung and people will begin working in their gardens and lawns.  Frannie wants everyone to remember to go native in their landscaping and also to use water wisely in your green spaces!

Here are a few helpful tips for watering wisely:

  1. Water the lawn and plants during the coolest parts of the day, usually early in the morning or around dusk.  This will help reduce evaporation, the conversion of a liquid into a vapor (or gaseous state), and ensure the water is getting where you want it to go - to the plants.
  2. Put a layer of mulch around plants to further slow evaporation.
  3. Avoid over-watering.  Only water the lawn and plants when they truly need it.  Remember: you can water plants in shady areas about 30 percent less than sunny areas.
  4. Gather water as the shower warms up or use melted leftover ice to water houseplants.
  5. Instead of using the hose to clean driveways and sidewalks, use a broom.
  6. Don't water cement, position your sprinklers so they are watering grass.
  7. Make sure you, your family, and your neighbors obey any watering restrictions during dry periods.

Find more helpful tips for reducing your overall water use with The Groundwater Foundation's free daily water-tracking app for Android and Apple products, 30 by 30!