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The City of Robinson is initiating Stage 1 Response: Water Watch of its “Drought Contingency Plan” which is to begin informing the community of good water management techniques inside and outside the home, including such practices as cutting back on lawn irrigation times and developing landscapes that require less water. If drought conditions worsen or we do not see a drop in water usage, the City of Robinson will move to Stage 2 – Mild Water Shortage Condition of the “Drought Contingency Plan.”
All Residents are Requested to:
Outdoor Water Conservation
•Check your water meter and the bill to track usage.
• Water your lawn or garden in the early morning, or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
• Use sprinklers for larger areas of grass. Water small patches by hand to avoid water waste.
• Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
• Install spa covers and check for pump leaks.
• Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots where it is needed.
• Report broken pipes and obvious irrigation system malfunctions to property owners or water provider.
• Irrigation system audits consist of site inspection, performance test, and schedule check. Each activity in itself can result in significant water and cost savings by ensuring heads are working properly, limiting overspray, and watering occurs during optimal times of the day.
Indoor Water Conservation
• Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when it is full, saving you 1,000 gallons per month.
• Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
• Upgrade older toilets to water-efficient models.
• Throw tissues in the trash, not your toilet.
• Install water-saving aerators on all faucets.
• Turn off the water while you brush your teeth to save 25 gallons per month.
• When giving pets fresh water, don’t throw the old water down the drain; use it for your plants.