Irrigation helps to grow agricultural crops, maintain landscapes, and revegetate disturbed soils in dry areas and during periods of less than average rainfall. Good irrigation design and scheduling are essential for maximum water efficiency. Irrigation design consists of the type of sprinkler system (manual or automatic) and the layout of the sprinkler system. A properly designed and well-managed system will apply water only when it is needed and only the amount necessary to replenish the soil moisture that has been lost due to evaporation from the soil and transpiration from the plants.
WHEN TO WATER
Lawn watering and landscape irrigation, including construction meter irrigation, should be done between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. the following day. The weather should be cool enough for the nutrients to get to the soil, allowing your lawn to stay refreshed. Additionally, your turf will have the whole day to dry, and the calmer winds will keep the water from blowing away. Even though nighttime may also have cooler conditions, evening irrigation could lead to lawn disease. When it comes to showering your lawn with the gift of nutrients, stick to the AM.
KEEP TRACK OF YOUR WATER USE
Don't get caught off guard! Take advantage of being able to monitor your water use by registering on the LMW Customer Online Portal today.
Features of the portal include:
* Historical and current water usage by billing cycle.
* Options to set up and receive leak alerts based on water usage.
* Ability to receive important notifications from Livermore's Water Resources Division.
* Ability to email questions directly to our Utility Billing Department.
Register your new account on the LMW Online Customer Portal and stay connected to your water account at all times! To register for the online portal, click here.
Another great tool to use in lowering the risk of over watering your lawn is www.trivalleywaterwise.com. Click on the WATERING GUIDE tab on the homepage to get started.
Get more information about the Weather-Based Irrigation Rebate and the Lawn Conversion Rebate Programs here.