Is Your Home Waterwise, It's Easy to Find Out - Redwood City, California


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Is Your Home Waterwise, It's Easy to Find Out - Redwood City, California

  1. 1. A Publication of Redwood City Water Resources Management Program September / October 2006 O u r Wa t e r S u p p l y Helping Redwood City to be a WaterWise Community Just call Redwood City’s Water Conservation Get Ready for staff at 780-7436 to schedule a FREE “Smart Fall Planting Home” Water Use House Call! Are you planning to re-design or make im- Our technician will visit your home at a convenient provement to your garden? A world of time, for an outdoor and indoor inspection. ideas is just a mouse click away! The indoor inspection includes: Redwood City has produced a WaterWise • Leak detection: check toilets, showers, and Gardening CD-ROM just for You. faucets for leaks. • Evaluation of water fixtures: Measures show- The Water Wise CD Features: erhead and faucet flow rates. • Garden Tours: Features many exam- • Installing high-efficiency showerheads and ples of water efficient gardens right here in faucet aerators, if needed, for free. the Redwood City area. • Demonstration of “How to Read Your Water Meter.” • Garden Gallery: Offers great exam- ples of ornamental garden features, such • Smart Water-Use recommendations and water saving tips. as decks, patios, trellises, gates, gazebos, fences, walkways, and more ways to en- The outdoor inspection includes: hance your garden. • Evaluation of your irrigation system. • Plant Database: Look up plants by • Measurement of the landscaped areas. type, size color or name, and view plant photos, and plant characteristics. • A recommended watering schedule. • Gardening Guide: A virtual encyclope- • Smart Water-Use recommendations and water saving tips. dia of WaterWise gardening design, main- tenance and irrigation to maximize your And for a limited time, when you participate in our water use efficiency. free Water Use House Call, you’ll Your free CD is waiting for you! get a free water moisture meter for Call 780-7436 or go online to: your plants, so to request you’ll always know your copy of Redwood City’s new Water- when they’re thirsty! Wise Gardening CD-ROM. 650-780-7436
  2. 2. The fall months of September, October and November, means shorter days, the approach ofour rainy season, and a continuous drop in the average daily temperature from a high of about80o gradually lowering to an average of about 65o.As fall progresses, you don’t need to water as much as during the summer months. The chartbelow is a good way to determine how much you should be watering your lawn. With just a littleeffort, you can save hundreds of gallons of water, or more! Don’t forget to check for clogged or broken sprinkler heads once a month! FALL SCHEDULE FOR YOUR TURF OR LAWN NUMBER OF MINUTES PER STATION 5 minutes NUMBER OF START TIMES PER DAY 3 start times (Cycling) * NUMBER OF WATER DAYS PER WEEK 2 days TOTAL MINUTES PER WEEK 30 minutes FOR EACH STATION* Water Saving Strategy: Cycling! To save water, run a sprinkler station for no more than 5minutes, wait one hour or so for the water to soak in - then run the sprinklers again for another 5minutes. Such repeated start times allow for the water to be absorbed into the soil and avoidwasteful run-off. And remember, shrubs only need 15 minutes per week in the Fall season.For more helpful hints call the conservation hotline at 650-780-7436 to request your FREE copyof the new Redwood City WATER WISE GARDENING CD ROM. These guidelines will help yousave water every time your sprinkler is on! Visit for sug-gested watering schedules for other types of landscape. Your service club, neighborhood association, community organization, or other group can learn more about water conservation — Redwood City offers a Water Conservation Speakers Bureau that provides an informative and interesting presentation for your gathering. Call 780-7436 to schedule a speaker for your group. 650-780-7436