|Approximately two thirds of water used by residents in Visalia is for landscape irrigation. Cool-season grass such as fescue is not adapted to our climate and uses the most water. Pools use a significant amount of water too.
Outside the Home / Landscape Irrigation
- Avoid wasting water or causing runoff from your property.
- Only irrigate on your watering day before 10:00 am or after 8:00 pm to avoid burning plants and to reduce evaporation.
- A good way to check if your lawn needs watering is to step on the grass. If it springs right back up, you don’t need to turn on the sprinklers.
- Check your sprinkler system regularly. Broken sprinkler heads, automatic timers not adjusted for the season, or hidden leaks that are not detected all waste water.
- Adjust your timer at least quarterly to match the season.
- Use at least 3 inches of mulch around trees, plants and garden beds to retain moisture.
- Use drip irrigation for shrubs and in flower beds.
- Do not leave hoses unattended unless controlled by an automatic timer.
- A garden hose can use 10 gallons of water per minute or more. Use a broom or a rake to remove debris instead of a hose to clean patios, walkways, sidewalks and driveways.
- When washing your car use a bucket, sponge, and a hose with a shut-off nozzle.
- Consider planting native and low-water-use plants, shrubs and trees. Learn more about creating an easy care free landscape using California's native and or drought resistant plants.
- Swimming pools should be covered when not in use to avoid evaporation.
- Visit Cal Water's Water-Wise Gardening website for information on low-water/drought-resistant perennials, shrubs, ornamental grasses, trees, vines, turfs and ground covers for Visalia's climate.
Inside the Home
- Never use any more water than necessary to complete a task.
- Fix leaks faucets, sinks and toilets.
- Take shorter showers, every minute you shorten your shower can save up to 75 gallons per month.
- Turn off water while brushing teeth or shaving.
- Keep a container of cold water in the refrigerator instead of waiting for water to cool at the faucet.
- Fill sink half-way to rinse fruits and vegetables versus rinsing individually under running water.
- Be sure you have a full load when using the dishwasher.
- When washing clothes, make sure you have a full load; if not, select the correct water level.
- Learn more about available Cal Water rebates and other water saving fixtures.