Water Conservation Tips
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- Last Updated: May 9, 2019 May 9, 2019
Toilet Rebates Available Now
Older toilets are a large source of wasted water for residents, with some models using up to 6 gallons per flush. It’s estimated that a family of four can save up to 20,000 gallons, or $110, a year by replacing toilets. If half of Albany’s residents replaced one toilet in their home, it would save approximately 95 million gallons a year!
Beginning July 1, 2019, the City of Albany is offering $50 rebates for replacing old toilets with a high efficiency toilet (1.28 gallons per flush). Rebates are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Need help finding a water efficient toilet? Visit the EPA’s WaterSense product search for guidance!
Most lawns require only one inch of water each week once established. Use a rain gauge or clean tuna can to measure one inch. Modify as needed with weather.
Water early in the morning (4-8 AM) or in the evening (6-8 PM).
Don't water when it is very windy or when it has recently rained.
Water, rest, water, save. The time until your soil becomes saturated and the water runs off will vary with soil composition. If water begins to run off your lawn, try the cycle-soak method.
It is easy to tell if you are under-watering your lawn. Watch for brown spots, or wilting, or do the trample test. Walk on your lawn -if your footprints remain, increase your watering time.
Use sprinklers that release large droplets close to the ground rather than those that spray a fine mist in the air.
Install drip or soaker hoses in flower and vegetable beds. These hoses deliver water right to the base of the plant, where it is most needed.
Check your irrigation system regularly. Look for broken nozzles or sprinkler heads and make sure you are not watering hard surfaces like your driveway or sidewalk.
Consider using native or low-water-use plants in your landscaping.
Mulch around your plants to reduce water evaporation. Three inches of mulch also helps protect against weeds and still allows water to penetrate to the roots.