BY MATTHEW HAACK
Ogden City Faces Drought Conditions
Due to low snowpack, minimal spring precipitation, and dry soil conditions, Ogden City is experiencing severe drought conditions for 2021. Unfortunately, it is impossible to predict when the water supply will return to normal levels. As such, water conservation is critical to ensure that we will have enough water in the event that we experience several consecutive drought years. Currently, Ogden City is asking residents to achieve a five percent reduction in water use. This may be hard to quantify, but here are some steps you can take to help:
• Only water your landscape when necessary, based on weather conditions and plant requirements
• Maintain your irrigation system to eliminate leaks and overspray
• Consider transitioning your yard into a water-efficient landscape
• Eliminate leaks in your house such as running toilets, dripping faucets, etc.
• No outdoor irrigation between 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
• Limit outdoor surface washing
• Utilize a pool cover and lower water level by four inches
• Reduce spray from fountains
• Use a positive pressure nozzle when washing vehicles
• In addition to the residential requirements, commercial users are encouraged to create a water conservation plan with the goal of a 15-20% water use reduction
• Hotels may encourage patrons to reuse their linens
• Restaurants may choose to serve water only upon request
Indoor Conservation Kit
Get all the tools and educational materials needed to cut down on indoor water use. Request a free conservation kit: 801-629-8329 or Ogdenwater.com
ALL ABOUT WATERING YOUR LAWN
DEFECTIVE SPRINKLERS CAN WASTE THOUSANDS OF GALLONS OF WATER
Since most people water at night to limit evaporation, leaks and defects in your sprinkler system can often go unnoticed. Dry spots and/or a high water bill are indicators that a sprinkler system needs attention.
Get in the habit of checking your sprinkler system at least once a month. Look for leaking fittings and broken or clogged sprinkler heads. Perform a visual inspection of where the water lands. Sprinkler heads that are aimed at sidewalks or driveways not only miss a section of your lawn, but also result in wasted water down the gutter.
GETTING TO THE ROOT OF THE ISSUE
• A healthy lawn should have roots extending 8 to 12 inches below the surface.
• Get in touch with your lawn’s watering needs by using a garden trowel to dig out a small core of grass. If the roots do not extend this deep, it is a sign you are overwatering or watering too frequently.
• By watering less frequently, roots are forced to grow deep in search of water. You can “train” your grass in the spring by waiting to water until the grass shows signs of stress.
FREE SPRINKLER CHECKUP
Ogden’s Water Utility is committed to the statewide Slow the Flow Water Check program that identifies deficiencies in residential irrigation systems and promotes water efficient landscaping. Schedule a free water audit: 801-629-8329 or OgdenWater.com
NOT SURE WHEN TO WATER?
Eliminate the guesswork with a free and easy-to-use soil moisture sensor. Request a free moisture meter: 801-629-8329 or OgdenWater.com
FOR A WEEKLY LAWN WATERING GUIDE visit conservewater.utah.gov
Northern Utah is currently being asked to only water two times a week When mowing try and maintain a turf height of at least three inches.