Los Gatos Weekly Times

Water-saving ways for third summer of drought

- By Linda J. Lezotte

With the warmer months here, outdoor watering will increase, straining already stressed water supplies in the face of severe drought, which is in its third consecutiv­e year. But it's not too late to reduce water usage: Saving water by reducing our outdoor irrigation can make a big impact, especially since up to half of the water usage in a typical Santa Clara County home is done outdoors.

The Valley Water Board of Directors unanimousl­y voted on April 13 to restrict watering of local lawns and ornamental landscapes to no more than two days a week and prohibit watering during midday hours. For example, watering after 7 p.m. or before 7 a.m. minimizes evaporatio­n, especially during hot afternoons in the summer and fall.

Please consider taking permanent steps to make sure your yard is drought-proof by removing your water-thirsty lawn and replacing it with beautiful watereffic­ient California native plants. Valley Water is offering a rebate of up to $3,000 to help you upgrade your yard and install efficient irrigation equipment. Visit watersavin­gs.org to learn about our many outdoor and indoor water conservati­on programs, including free water-efficient tools for your home along with rebates for irrigation equipment, graywater systems and yards.

Valley Water also offers free, inperson outdoor water conservati­on surveys to help ensure you are watering as efficientl­y as possible. Water conservati­on specialist­s are available to visit your home to confirm your irrigation timer is set correctly and your sprinklers are not over-spraying. You can schedule that free visit online at https://bit.ly/3xuogqn

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