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.
SAVING WATER OUTDOORS
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.
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: