Nick is now proud to serve as the Commissioner-in-charge of Water and Environmental Services for the City.
The Regional Water Providers Consortium—a group of 20+ local water providers plus the regional government Metro—has some great, no-cost resources to help gardeners save water this season.
First, the Consortium provides a “Weekly Watering Number” on their website (www.conserveh2o.org) -- which you can sign up to have delivered straight to your e-mail inbox. Based on the weather in your zip code area, the Weekly Watering number advises how many inches of water your lawn and or garden will need for the upcoming week.
Second, the Consortium will offer free outdoor watering gauge kits from July 1 - August 10. The kits include a water gauge and timer to help you measure your sprinkler’s water use and ensure that you’re giving your garden the right amount of water. Kits are available while supplies last—one per customer—to metro-area residents. To receive a free kit, call 503-823-7528 or email RWPCinfo@portlandoregon.gov.
Please include your mailing address, water provider name and how you heard about the offer.
|Finally, here are the Consortium’s “Top Five” waterwise tips for your garden:
- Water lawns and gardens early in the morning (before 10 am) or later in the evening (after 6 pm) when temperatures are cooler and evaporation is minimized.
- Adjust your sprinklers so that they are watering your lawn and garden, and not the street.
- Water in several short sessions rather than one long session to allow for better absorption and to prevent run-off.
- Adjust your mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn provides shade to the roots and helps retain soil moisture, so your lawn requires less water.
- Group plants with similar watering needs together, as different plants require different amounts of water.