Rules are made to be broken, except this one

Summer watering rules run from May 1 to Oct. 1 and promote healthy lawns.

April 29, 2019 | By: Kim Unger

I have always had a bit of a rebellious side. Tell me I can’t or shouldn’t do something? I just might test those boundaries and do it anyway.

When it comes to maintaining my lawn, however, there are some rules I just don’t mess with: Summer watering rules.

So why would I forego my urge to buck the system? It’s simple, really — I want a healthy, green lawn, and I want to save water too.

I don’t view the watering rules as a restriction, but merely a helpful guide to the best ways to water your lawn. This infographic breaks it all down.


4 thoughts on “Rules are made to be broken, except this one”

  1. Loved this article but what i liked the most was the fact that we are now able to capture rainwater in our yards. I always felt the restriction against this practice was unfair, i was unaware of the change. Thank you for the great article about the multifunctional “rain barrels” and thank you for brining the change to my attention.

  2. For many years my water use has dropped though this April it spiked partially due to arid roses that had to be moved due to a fence realignment. Will I get penalized for my spike in water use to help these roses survive?

    1. Our rate structure is designed based on how much water you use. All customers pay the cheapest rates (Tier 1) specific to their needs for essential indoor water use, considered vital for drinking, bathing and sanitation. That rate is calculated by averaging your monthly water consumption on bills dated January, February and March each year.

      When you use more water than your unique indoor average, your price per gallon jumps to Tier 2. That price signal tells you you’re using more water, most likely outdoors. We bill this at the second lowest rate so you can still afford to have a healthy landscape. (It takes about 15,000 gallons a month to water an average-sized yard efficiently.) Anything after that is charged at a highest, third-tier rate.

      So, it all depends on how much additional water you use as to how much more you may need to pay to reestablish your roses.

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