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Daily Tips from ‘Save Our Water’

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Water Meters as a Tool – Reading Meters

Water meters can be an effective tool for understanding and monitoring your water use and detecting leaks.

You can track your water use by reading the meter from time to time and calculating how much water was used during the period. You can read the water meter before and after irrigation and measure exactly what is being used and where.

Tracking Water Use With Water Meters

Create a Water Wise Landscape

Waterwise Landscaping SLO

Drought tolerant landscapes not only save water, but also money! San Luis Obispo County has a resource for homeowners to view waterwise landscapes and plants. Visit www.slowaterwiselandscaping.com to get started.

Landscape Watering Calculator by SB WaterWise

How-To Videos by the California Urban Water Conservation Council (CUWCC)

University of California, Davis: Managing Turfgrasses During Drought

Nipomo Nurseries with Drought-Tolerant Plants:

Nipomo Native Garden

Nipomo Old Town Nursery

Programming Your Irrigation Controller

One of the best ways to manage your household water use is to be aware of outdoor water use. In the summer months, the average NCSD customer water bill more than doubles primarily due to increases water use for irrigation of home landscaping. Over-watering is a common habit for California residents. Brown or yellow spots on your lawn do not necessarily indicate that your lawn needs water.

You are in control of your water use, and by making regular seasonal adjustments to your automated irrigation controller – you can have a beautiful garden that is also water efficient. The flyer below provides some general guidelines on programming your irrigation controller.

How To Program Your irrigation Controller

Find a Certified Irrigation Specialist

How to Conduct a Sprinkler Test

One of the best ways to manage your household water use is to be aware of outdoor water use. In the summer months, the average NCSD customer water bill more than doubles primarily due to increases water use for irrigation of home landscaping. Over-watering is a common habit for California residents. Brown or yellow spots on your lawn do not necessarily indicate that your lawn needs water.

To avoid over-watering, it is useful to conduct a sprinkler test to see how much water your system is putting out. The flyer below offers an easy way to check your system.

Once you know your output, you can design a minimum watering schedule. See the other sections of this website for suggested watering schedules and instructions on how to program your irrigation controller.

How To Conduct a Sprinkler Test