Save Water Outdoors
updated: Jan 23, 2014, 12:00 PM
Source: City of Santa Barbara
RESIDENTS & BUSINESSES ENCOURAGED TO SAVE WATER OUTDOORS DURING DRY WINTER
The dry winter we have been experiencing reminds us of the importance of our water supplies in Santa
Barbara; we can help stretch our supplies during dry times by using water wisely every day. Santa Barbara's
residents and businesses have done a great job conserving water over the past 25 years, but there is still a
need for increased landscape water conservation. About half of the water used in the City goes to outdoor
irrigation and that is where there is the most potential for water savings. For comparison, an average 15
minute shower uses 30 gallons total, while watering your lawn for 15 minutes on average uses 700 gallons!
The city is asking businesses and residents to reduce outside water use now.
Everyone can help increase outdoor water conservation. Right now, one of the best things you can do is to
check your irrigation system. Turn on your sprinklers to make sure they are working properly and not
spraying onto the driveway or street. Then turn down your watering using the watering percent adjust at
www.WaterWiseSB.org. The City can help you do this with a free water checkup for your home or business.
To schedule, call (805) 564-5460.
"Currently, the City's water usage is higher than normal due to increased irrigation of gardens and lawns
because of the lack of winter rainfall and higher than average temperatures," said Alison Jordan, Water
Conservation Supervisor. "However, even given the warm weather, currently plants only need
approximately 40% of what they would need in the summer." You can find the current percentage by using
the watering percent adjust online. You can watch a video about how to use the watering percent adjust
To lessen the impact of a water supply shortage, we can all be making efforts to save water now. More
information about how you can save water around your house and property can be found on
www.WaterWiseSB.org or by contacting your water provider. www.WaterWiseSB.org is the countywide on-
line resource for water conservation and contains: sprinkler scheduling tools, irrigation how-to videos, a
water wise plant and garden database, and water conservation programs offered by each water provider.
Let's save together!
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