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July 5, 2022 10:26 AM

Call To Conserve Water in Summer Months

Summer is the number one time of year for water use. During hot, dry weather events, approximately 40-70% of all drinking water produced in Central Indiana is used for lawn irrigation purposes. This level of water use creates challenges for utility operations and reduces the amount of water available for people, pets, schools, businesses and economic growth. Join us in conserving water during summer months by:

• Limiting lawn watering to 1-2 times per week - Most Indiana lawns only need watering 1-2 times per week. Excessive watering of lawns and other plants results in shallow roots, weed growth, fungus and stormwater runoff that can impact local streams.

• Watering lawns and other plants early – If you decide to irrigate, 4 to 7 a.m. is the best time to water lawns and other plants to reduce evaporation. Watering at midday results in as much as 30 percent water loss due to evaporation.

• Using the garden hose properly - Sweep driveways, sidewalks and steps rather than hosing them off. Check your garden hose connections for leaks. If your hose connection leaks at the spigot or at a connection with another hose, replace the nylon or rubber hose washer and tighten the connection.

• Ensuring appliances are full - Only run the dishwasher and clothes washers when they are full and use a water-saver cycle if you have one.

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