Conserving water when water is scarce
It is hard to keep grass green in the middle of a hot, dry summer.
It can also be irresponsible to be spraying precious water resources at a time when reservoirs are getting low and the levels of nearby natural watercourses are dropping. But that doesn’t mean homeowners have to leave their lawns and gardens to the fate of Mother Nature.
“With some proper stewardship of resources, there is no reason why you can’t be a responsible user of water when water resources are getting scarce,” says George Micevski, President of Tulsar Canada and Zoeller Canada. “Responsible water management is a burden we all have to share. But with the right choices, design and equipment, we can find the right balance to protect our gar- dens from withering away.”
Green grass is a nice luxury — and it certainly improves the curb appeal of a home. But when water shortage warnings are in effect,it may not be the best idea to turn on the sprinkler. Rather, use that water (sparingly) for the fruit and vegetable garden in the yard.
Consider DroughtResistant Plants
Many native species of plants evolved to endure the dry spells through a Canadian summer. Selecting these plants for your landscaping will greatly reduce the amount of water you need to use to keep them alive.
Capture Rain Water
Many communities in urban areas — particularly in more established neighbourhoods — were designed to get rain water off of our properties as quickly and efficiently as possible. Hence, sloped driveways down to a road-side gutter and into the storm sewer. Adding some rain barrels, subterranean holding tanks and rain channels will capture and secure rain water until you need it — without taxing municipal water supplies.
Pump it Out
Catching rainwater is one thing. Using it is another. Equip your rain barrel or holding tank with asump pump to enable quick and easy access to this vital resource when you need it.
Time it Right
Watering your lawn or garden in the middle of a scorching hot afternoon may do more damage than good. The water will quickly evaporate before it can get to the roots, and in the process burn the plants. Operate your pump system with a household-grade control panel to carefully monitor and manage sprinkler systems to provide a precise amount of water at times when it can be most effective. A control panel can also monitor water levels in your holding tank and send an alert when it gets low, while preventing the pump from engaging and potentially burning out.
Tulsar specializes in custom control panels designed to address specific and unique water and wastewater challenges. For more information, please visit tulsar.com. Follow Tulsar Can- ada on on Twitter @TulsarCanada and on Linkedin.