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Water Conservation

Manage your Water system

While up to 90 percent of the water used outdoors is for irrigation, having a beautiful landscape doesn't have to mean using a lot of water. Watering by hand is most efficient, but if your home is one of the more than 13.5 million with an in-ground irrigation system, try some of these simple strategies to reduce your water waste and protect the environment.

  • Adjust your irrigation system often. Get to know the settings on your irrigation controller. Adjust its watering schedule regularly to conform to seasonal weather conditions.

  • Play "zone" defense. Schedule each individual zone in your irrigation system to account for the type of sprinkler; sun or shade exposure; and type of plants and soil in the specific area. The same watering schedule rarely applies to all zones in the system.

  • Inspect your irrigation system monthly. Check for leaks, broken or clogged heads, and misdirected spray heads.

  • Install low-volume micro-irrigation for gardens, trees, and shrubs. Micro-irrigation includes drip (also known as trickle), micro-spray jets, micro-sprinklers, or bubbler irrigation.

Timing is Everything

No matter what kind of yard or landscape you have, it's important to know exactly how much water your plants need before you turn on the sprinkler. Keeping the following questions in mind when you do water can help you maintain a beautiful and healthy yard without wasting water or money.

When? Avoid watering in the middle of the day when the hot sun will evaporate much of the water before it can get to thirsty plants.

How often and how long?

Annuals and veggie gardens - Water annual and veggie gardens deeply for approximately 30 minutes every three days for a total of 1" per week.

Perennials and shrubs - Test the soil for dryness at the root zone and only water when dry. Water Shrubs and Perennials approximately 30 minutes per week - never more than 1" per week.

Lawns - Water lawns 20 minutes twice a week for a total of 1" per week.

What else? Make sure your irrigation system has a rain sensor that shuts off the system when it rains and allows it to turn back on when it stops. Get one free from our office.

Remember: A cross control device must be installed on all irrigation systems.


Water Conservation Areas

Our resource pages on Conservation are divided into 3 separate areas to help you target your specific concerns.

Most people use an average of 100 gallons of water per day. Taking simple steps and making little changes to conserve will help ensure that we all have enough fresh drinking water for environment, ourselves and future generations. For Kitsap County, we greatly depend on aquifers which hold water that comes from the winter rain. So here are some things to think about to help keep water flowing throughout the changing seasons:

Future Water Sources

Conservation can be instrumental in reducing the need for costly new water sources like new water wells for Kitsap County. The cost of drilling a new well can be very costly, and obtaining new water rights from the State can take many years or involve a very expensive cost reimbursement process.

Water and the Environment

The water people use indoors and outdoors to drink, cook, clean, wash and landscape with is the same water salmon need in rivers and streams to survive. Now that 16 salmon stocks have been listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as threatened or endangered, the need to conserve water is greater than ever.

Save Money

Water conservation helps your pocketbook, too. Simple water conservation around the home and business will make a big difference to your budget.

The following offsite links have more information on how to save money and more



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