Less is more when it comes to watering

By Alyssa Evans

You may not know it but lawns don’t need to be watered every day to stay green.

The city of Blaine and the Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD) are once again teaming up to encourage residents to water outdoor greenery wisely through September 15.

Those whose addresses end in an odd number are asked to only water on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Even-numbered addresses may water Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Mondays are designated non-watering days.

Summer water usage tends to be three times as much as in winter months, according to BBWSD. The increased water usage raises concern for maintaining enough water pressure for tasks such as flushing toilets. By reducing outdoor watering, less pressure is placed on the reservoir.

Outdoor spaces are recommended to be watered no more than one inch a week. Residents are encouraged to let lawns rely on rainwater and only water when necessary. Rain gauges are provided for free by the district. The tools can help residents measure how much water is being used.

More information about the schedule is available at bbwsd.com/node/54.

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