June 20 marks the official start of summer, and while it may look different this year, the warmer weather usually means increased water use for our customers. Check out the tips below to help you conserve water and save money!
The main contributor to increased water usage during spring and summer is lawn and garden care. But there are several ways you can be water smart and still maintain a great looking yard!
- Be sure to regularly check your outside spigots and garden hoses for leaks. If you have a sprinkler system, check that, too, and make sure your system is set correctly so that it doesn’t turn on when it’s raining.
- When watering plants, don’t waste water by watering them in the wrong place or during the wrong time of day. Use a watering wand, drip irrigation, or soaker hose to direct water right to the root zone where it’s needed.
- Water your lawn or garden during the early morning or evening hours. Never water during a hot afternoon. The high temperature will quickly evaporate the water requiring you to use more to hydrate plants adequately.
- Cover your garden beds with a thin layer of mulch or compost to help retain moisture, reduce evaporation, and minimize runoff. Be careful not to spread it too thick, however, or it can work against you by preventing moisture from reaching the roots.
- Use native plants when landscaping. Since these plants are accustomed to the local climate, they require less care, such as watering or the need for pesticides or fertilizers.
- If you do need to regularly water your lawn or garden, install rain barrels to collect and store rainwater that you can use for watering.
- Instead of hosing down dirty driveways, sidewalks, or patios, use a push broom to sweep away dirt and debris.
Filling Your Pool
Cleveland Water allows customers to fill pools from a hydrant in order to help save money. To fill your pool using a hydrant, you’ll need to obtain a hydrant permit by preparing the following items to submit to our Permits and Sales Department:
- The address of the hydrant or the address of the dwelling closest to the hydrant,
- A letter of permission from your local fire department, and
- The number of gallons needed (or dimensions of the pool).
For more information on hydrant permits, please call 216-664-2444 or email PermitsandSales@clevelandwater.com.
Summer Sprinkling Program
Even if you follow the tips above, lawn and garden maintenance can still increase your regular water usage. The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD)’s Summer Sprinkling Program helps you save money on your sewer bills since this additional water doesn’t return to the sewer system.
Under this program, summer bills are based on your average winter water consumption, unless actual summer water consumption is lower. The program is in effect each year from May 1 to September 30.
For questions or to apply for this program, contact NEORSD at 216-881-8247.