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City of Le Mars requires water conservation

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Due to dry conditions, the city of Le Mars has enacted mandatory water conservation immediately by way of odd and even watering.

Odd numbered properties may be watered on the odd calendar days and even numbered properties on the even calendar days.

This mandate will be in effect until further notice.

It is estimated that residential conservation efforts can produce water saving of up to 10 percent.

These are some simple steps to help conservation:

1. Refrain from watering lawns between the hours of 8:00 am. to 8:00 p.m. This includes shrubs, plants and trees.

2. Refrain from car washing during the weekdays

3. Take shorter showers

4. Check dripping faucets

5. Fully utilize your appliance by running dishwasher and washing machine for full loads only.

6. Only water when your lawn is thirsty. Over watering promotes shallow root growth making your lawn less hardy. (To determine if your lawn needs to be watered, simply walk across the grass. If you leave footprints, it's time to water.)

7. Adjust the timer on automatic sprinklers according to seasonal water demands and weather conditions.

8. Install a rain shut-off device on automatic sprinklers to eliminate unneeded applications.

9. Make sure your sprinkler is placed so it only waters the lawn, not the pavement.

Irrigation tips:

* As much as 30% of water can be lost to evaporation by watering the lawn during midday.

* Homes with in-ground sprinkler systems use 35 percent more water outdoors than those who do not have an in-ground system. One reason may be that system controllers are not adjusted according to seasonal irrigation needs.

* Avoid sprinklers that spray a fine mist, which increases evaporation.

* Check sprinkler system valves periodically for leaks and keep the heads in good repair.

* Adjust the timer on automatic sprinklers according to seasonal water demands and weather conditions.

* Install a rain shut-off device on automatic sprinklers to eliminate unneeded applications.

* Make sure your sprinkler is placed so it only waters the lawn, not the pavement.

General Watering

* Water before 8 a.m. or after 8 p.m. and avoid watering on windy days.

* Water in several short sessions rather than one long one. For example, three ten minute sessions spaced

30 minutes to an hour apart will allow your lawn to better absorb moisture than one straight 30 minute

session.

* Only water when your lawn is thirsty. Over watering promotes shallow root growth making your lawn less

hardy. (To determine if your lawn needs to be watered, simply walk across the grass. If you leave footprints,

it's time to water.)

* Install moisture sensors in each irrigation zone (sunny, shady, etc.) to better determine irrigation needs.



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