Water Efficient Landscape Design Class - Monday, November 18, 2019, 6-8 pm.
Upper Trinity Regional Water District along with the Texas A&M AgriLife taught residents the basic design principles, plant placement, and all about the newest landscape trends.
Celina is a member of the Water IQ program. Click the Water IQ logo to learn more about the great resources they offer.
Click HERE to use an interactive online tool to see how much water you consume per month and ways to reduce your usage.
Water your landscape more efficiently. Water early (before 10:00 a.m.) or late (after 6:00 p.m.) to reduce water loss through evaporation. Water deep and infrequent to encourage a deep root system and healthier lawn (e.g., apply 1” every 7 days during the summer months and every 15 to 20 days during the winter months).
To find out which plants are native to the area and consume less water click HERE.
Click HERE for information from the Upper Trinity Regional Water District on how to conserve water both inside and outside of your house.
Irrigation System Check-Up Program
As summer approaches, outdoor watering of gardens and lawns may be necessary. Now is the time to check your sprinkler system to make sure it is working properly and efficiently. And, don’t forget to sign up for weekly lawn watering recommendations from WaterMyYard.org to know when to water and when to wait.
Experts estimate that as much as half of water used for outdoor irrigation is wasted due to evaporation or runoff caused by inefficient irrigation methods and systems. The Texas A&M Irrigation Technology Program has found that one broken sprinkler head can waste up to 10 gallons per minute! Here are some easy steps that the Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense program recommends to check your sprinkler system: inspect, connect, direct and select.
- Inspect. Turn on your sprinkler system for a few minutes to check for clogged, broken, or missing sprinkler heads. Better yet, find a nearby Recognized Green Professional to do the work for you by visiting https://savetarrantwater.azurewebsites.net/recognized-green-pros-2017.
- Connect. Examine points where the sprinkler heads connect to pipes/hoses. If water is pooling in your landscape or you have large soggy areas, you could have a leak in your system. A leak as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen (1/32 of an inch) can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month.
- Direct. Are you watering the driveway, house, or sidewalk instead of your yard? Simply turn the nozzle by hand to redirect sprinklers to apply water only to the landscape.
- Select. An improperly scheduled irrigation controller can waste a lot of water and money. Update your system’s schedule with the seasons, or use the “Seasonal Adjustment” feature on your controller, if equipped. You can also take the guesswork out of scheduling by installing a WaterSense labeled controller. To learn more about WaterSense labeled products, visit https://www.epa.gov/watersense.
Residents living in a community that receives treated water from Upper Trinity can sign up to receive a free Sprinkler System Check-Up by a licensed irrigator! Simply fill out the online Request Form at bit.ly/UTRWDCHECKUP and you will be contacted to schedule your Check-Up.
Upper Trinity Regional Water District is a regional water conservation and reclamation district created in 1989 to provide water and wastewater services on a wholesale basis to cities and utilities in Denton County, and a portion of Collin County. For more information, visit www.utrwd.com.
13 Ways to Conserve Water at Home
- Evaluate your water habits. Have a family discussion about water use and ways to cut down.
- Look for leaks- and repair them right away. Most leaks are easy to detect and repair.
- Also check your water system for leaks. Locate your water meter and take an initial reading. Then make sure no one in your home uses any water for 30 minutes. When the time is up, take another reading.
- Install water-saving devices. If you don’t already have water-efficient or low-flow fixtures, you can cut your water use with: aerators, flow restrictors, tank displacement devices.
- Save water while preparing food. Thaw frozen food in your refrigerator. Use a brush and bowl of water to clean food instead of letting the water run.
- Flush the toilet only when necessary. Don’t use the toilet to dispose of trash.
- Know the proper settings on your washer. Match settings to the load size and soil level of each load. Presoak heavily soiled items.
- Wash dishes wisely. Use a dishwasher, if you have one. Wash only full loads.
- Be efficient in the shower and bath. Plug the drain before you run water for baths, and take shallow baths. Keep showers short, shut off the water while soaping up and shampooing.
- Use less water to clean your home. Use a pail or basin instead of running water.
- Check hoses and irrigation systems. Use a hose nozzle that you can shut off. Keep irrigation systems running efficiently, replace any leaky parts or sections.
- Minimize watering outdoors. Water when the sun is down.
- Keep up with pool and hot tub care. Don’t overfill.
Should you have any questions regarding our water quality or the Public Works Department, please contact the Assistant Director of Public Works, Donald McKinney Sr, at (972) 382-3176or firstname.lastname@example.org
One inch of water per week in the summer will keep most Texas grasses healthy. To determine how long you should run your sprinklers, place straight-edged cans at different distances away from the sprinkler and time how long it takes to fill an average of 1 inch of water in each can.
Don’t abuse the benefits of an automatic sprinkler system by over-watering. Set it to provide thorough but infrequent watering. Check sprinkler heads regularly to make sure they are working properly. Install rain shutoff devices and adjust sprinklers to eliminate coverage on pavement.
Prevent evaporation of water. Water lawns early in the morning or in the evening during the hotter summer months. Never water on windy days. Use drip irrigation systems for bedded plants, trees, or shrubs and use low-angle sprinklers for lawns. Cover pools and spas. This can save the equivalent of your pool volume each year!
Plant water-efficient, well-adapted, and/or native shrubs, trees, and grasses. Choose plants that are drought and heat tolerant and can survive the minimum winter temperatures in your area. In odd-shaped areas, use drought-tolerant groundcover instead of grass. Many cities provide lists of water-efficient plants.
Buy a rain barrel or a cistern and collect the water from your gutters to water your plants.
Use your water efficiently. Don’t waste water by cleaning patios or sidewalks with it; use a broom. For plants that need more water, use a hose or watering can to give them additional water.
Keep grass 3 inches tall during the summer and don’t cut more than one-third of its length at one time. Don’t scalp lawns when mowing during hot weather. Taller grass holds moisture better. Leave lawn clippings on the lawn instead of bagging.