Water Conservation Tips

Valencia Water Company and the other water purveyors in the Santa Clarita Valley strongly encourage our customers to “Use Water Wisely”. The following conservation tips developed and recommended by water utilities throughout the country will help to reduce your individual water demand.



 Don’t over-water your irrigated area. A hearty rain eliminates the need for watering for as long as two weeks.

 Water irrigated areas during the early morning hours when temperatures and wind speeds are the lowest. This reduces losses from evaporation.

 Don’t water your street, driveway or sidewalk. Position your sprinklers so that your water lands on the lawn and shrubs … not the paved areas.

 Install sprinklers that are the most water-efficient for each use. Micro and drip irrigation and soaker hoses are examples of water-efficient methods of irrigation.

 Regularly check irrigation system and timing devices to be sure they are operating properly. Broken or poorly adjusted sprinklers may go unnoticed and can cause significant amounts of water waste and increased water costs.

 Raise the turf area mower blade to at least three inches. Turf areas that are cut higher encourage grass roots to grow deeper, shade the root system and holds soil moisture better than a closely-clipped lawn.

 Avoid over-fertilizing your lawn. The application of fertilizers increases the need for water. Don’t fertilize monthly, instead apply fertilizers which contain slow-release, water-insoluble forms of nitrogen. Use organics when and where possible.

Mulch to retain moisture in the soil. Mulching also helps to control weeds that compete with plants for water.

Plant native and/or drought-tolerant grasses, ground covers, shrubs and trees. Once established, they do not need to be watered as frequently and they usually will survive a dry period without any watering. Group plants together based on similar water needs.

Water to the weather. Using a Weather Based Irrigation Controller (WBIC) reduces water use automatically by reducing run times when the weather is cooler and properly increasing water run times when the weather is hot and dry.


For additional water conservation tips, please visit the conservation areas of these websites: