Con­serv­ing wa­ter when wa­ter is scarce

Ottawa Sun - New Homes - - HOMES -

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.”

Set Pri­or­i­ties

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.

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