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Stick with summer rules through September

Recent summers have been some of the hottest and driest ever recorded, and despite the heat, customers still have been using water efficiently — which keeps more water in storage to help stretch our supply if the dry times continue.

Make each minute matter by cycling and soaking. Water when the time is right, which is easy if you remember the rules don’t allow watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Limit watering to no more than three days a week, and only when your lawn needs a drink.

To figure out how much water your lawn needs, start with these recommended watering times for September.

Minutes to water per zone (for lawns, based on three days per week*)

Fixed spray head
Fixed spray heads

Rotor head
Rotor heads

Rotary/high-efficiency nozzle
Rotary/high-efficiency nozzles†

Manual sprinkler
Manual sprinklers

September 11 23 28 17

*These times are based on a sprinkler system running at an efficient level. Remember, no watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Rotary/high-efficiency nozzle information.

If you only walked on your lawn to water, fertilize or mow this summer, do you really need it? Consider remodeling your yard this fall.