Water Conservation In San Jose
California is currently facing one of its worst droughts on record. As
water resources continue to dwindle, it has become more important than
ever to practice smart water conservation while gardening or performing
lawn maintenance in San Jose.
Payless Hardware, Rockery & Nursery has the tools and water conservation tips you need to nurture your outdoor
spaces while observing home water conservation rules.
California Drought Water Usage Mandates
In response to drought conditions, the state of California has put water
conservation mandates into effect. These mandates regulate how homes and
businesses can use water to ensure existing water supplies last as long
as possible. Currently, California’s emergency water usage mandates
are in place to achieve a 25% reduction in urban potable water waste to
conserve valuable drinking water resources. These restrictions
- prohibit the use of potable water to wash sidewalks, driveways, and other
outdoor areas, as well as prohibit the use of hoses lacking shutoff nozzles
when washing cars.
- disallow the use of potable water in outdoor water features that do not
- regulate the number of days on which outdoor irrigation is allowed and
prohibit outdoor irrigation for the 48 hours following any measurable rainfall.
- require homeowners to take steps to eliminate runoff when irrigating with
Home And Garden Water Conservation Tips
Making an effort to conserve water in your
home and garden can help you maintain a beautiful home indoors and out, while also reducing
water waste and working within water usage mandates. You can reach Payless
Hardware, Rockery & Nursery by phone at (408) 274-4922
to learn more about conserving water while gardening, landscaping, and performing routine lawn maintenance.
- Adding mulch or water-retentive granules to your landscaping, garden, and
planters will reduce evaporation and help the soil retain more water following
irrigation to get the most from the water you do use.
- Collect water from rinsing fruits and vegetables before cooking in a bowl
or pail to use when watering your garden and landscaping. You can even
reuse water used to wash your dishes, as long as it contains only food
particles and mild dishwashing soap, which won’t harm plants.
- When gardening, choose flowers, shrubs, and other greenery that are drought-resistant.
These plants require less water and won’t suffer during dry conditions.
If possible, plant more sensitive species in areas with ample shade or
near sprinkler heads.
- Installing and using an automated irrigation system will reduce runoff
and regulate watering times without the need for you to constantly check
or worry about overwatering. You’re your watering cycles for early
morning or evening, when the sun won’t cause premature evaporation.