Outdoor Tips

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Equip swimming pools
, fountains, ponds and other ornamental water features with recirculating pumps. Nonresidential fountains are regulated per Scottsdale’s Water Feature Ordinance.

Is Your Pool Losing Water?

It is estimated that up to 30% of pool systems have leaks, so it's prudent to do periodic leak checks.

Even if you don't have a leak, your pool will still lose water to evaporation and "splash out." Keeping the water inside the pool will help reduce your water use and your water bill.

Check your pool for leaks.
It is estimated that up to 30% of pool systems have leaks, so it’s prudent to do periodic leak checks. Even if you don’t have a leak, your pool will still lose water to evaporation and "splash out." Keeping the water inside the pool will help reduce your water use and your water bill.

Purchase a pool cover.
 Use a pool cover to reduce evaporation and help keep your pool clean. A clean pool needs fewer chemicals and less backwashing. Consider using the new chemical covers that create a microthin film of molecules on the water surface to reduce water lost to evaporation.

Evaporative coolers
can use large amounts of water. A recirculation water pump can reduce water consumption by 20 gallons or more per hour. For efficient water use be sure to properly maintain your evaporative cooler.

Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
If washing a car at home, use a bucket with soapy water, and either turn off the water while soaping or use a shutoff hose nozzle.

Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways, sidewalks, streets, and parking areas.

Xeriscape your yard.
Update your yard by replacing high-water-use plants with beautiful, lush, colorful plants that are drought tolerant. Check out our free publication on low-water-use plants.

Water Infrequently. Desert-adapted low-water-use plants do best with deep, infrequent watering. Overwatering will cause a plant to grow out of its natural form and can even kill your plants. Check out our free publications on landscape watering.

Minimize grass areas
in your yard to reduce water use and yard maintenance. If the only person who walks on the grass is the person who mows it, the grass is considered nonfunctional and may be a good candidate for removal. Replace the grass with low-water-use plants. Turf removal rebates are available for homeowners and businesses.

Adjust your landscape watering schedule to the season. Up to 70% of water used for residential homes is used outside. Knowing how to adjust your irrigation controller (timer/clock) is critical to efficient water management. Request our free publication on landscape watering and/or attend a free landscape workshop.

Purchase a new-generation water-wise smart irrigation controller
using the irrigation controller rebate. Smart controllers estimate how much water is needed based on how much water evaporates. Once a smart controller is properly programmed, it will make irrigation watering schedule adjustments without human intervention.

Consider forgoing your winter Rye grass
. Bermuda grass grows spring through fall and becomes dormant in the winter. Some people choose to overseed with winter Rye grass to produce a temporary winter lawn. It turns out there are many benefits to forgoing winter lawns.

Take a walk around your yard
while the irrigation system is running and do a mini irrigation audit. Keeping your irrigation system in good working condition will help keep your overall water use down.

Attend free landscape workshops
The City of Scottsdale's Water Conservation Office offers a variety of landscape workshops during the months of March and October that are designed to help residents learn how to use water more efficiently.

Rainwater harvesting
refers to collecting, retaining, and reusing rainwater for watering the landscape via landscape contouring or by holding rainwater in collection receptacles for future application. Order your free rainwater harvesting booklet and visit Arizona Municipal Water Users Association webpage on rainwater harvesting.

refers to the reuse of water from baths, showers, washing machines, and bathroom sinks mostly for irrigation of nonedible landscape plants. Go to the Arizona Department of Water Resources for more information on graywater and review Scottsdale's Graywater Irrigation in Single Family Dwellings document. 



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