What is H2O4?  Well, it’s 4 cooking, cleaning, bathing, irrigating plants, and much, much more!   (Gottcha!)

But no matter what you use water for, please be sure to use it wisely!  Here are some great tips that can help you get the most out of your water during the autumn months:

  • If you are still watering your plants, lawns, and gardens, remember they require less water in the fall, as daylight hours have become shorter and the sun’s intensity has decreased. As the days get shorter, so should your watering times.
  • Be conservative when washing your car. Wash your car with a bucket and only turn on the hose to wet and rinse your vehicle. Or, do what Rincon’s Water Conservationist does – don’t wash your car at all. Instead, use your finger and write in your car’s back window…”I’m conserving water.” It’s a great way to start conversation about the importance of water conservation.
  • Sweep or rake patios, driveways, and sidewalks. Never hose paved surfaces.
  • Change the batteries in your irrigation controller so if the power goes out, your controller won’t loose its programming.
  • Take the time to tune up your irrigation system to ensure it is working properly. Fix all leaks and broken heads and adjust the nozzles to reduce overspray.
  • Replace any high water use plants with low water use plants.  The soil is still warm and will help with root growth and plant health.
  • Get cash for your grass.  Go to socalwatersmart.com and check out the rebate for gettin’ it gone.
  • Schedule a free residential water survey to learn what you can do to improve your irrigation system’s efficiency.
  • Don’t forget to check out the water conservation incentives for toilets, MP rotators, water sensors and more.  You will find details at socalwatersmart.com.
  • Think bout getting a rain barrel or cistern if you don’t already have one.
  • Turn off your irrigation controller during rain events and for the consecutive 48 hour after. Better yet, get a weather-based irrigation controller and let it do the work for you.
  • Sign into your WaterSmart portal and learn more about how to manage your water use.  If you need help, email us at conservation@rinconwater.org and we will schedule some time to walk you through your portal.