- Most plants only need one inch of water every seven to 10 days to stay healthy. A deep soaking with water aimed at the roots once a week will provide all the moisture they need.
- Current water restrictions in effect limit watering in most Georgia cities to between midnight and 10:00 am. Watering in the heat of the day is a waste anyway, as the water will just evaporate. Set your sprinklers to come on between 4:00 am and 10:00 am.
- Use mulching material; pine bark, cedar chips, etc. around the roots of plants and trees to help the soil retain water.
- Make sure your sprinklers aimed appropriately so that they aren’t watering the sidewalks and streets in front of your house.
- Save dishwater and bathwater for watering plants. (When you shower, keep a bucket in the shower to collect the water.) The soap isn’t harmful. In fact, it kills aphids and other plant-destroying insects. You can also save cooking water to water plants.
- Don’t let the water run while you brush your teeth.
- Run the dishwasher and washing machine only when they are full.
- Fix any leaky fixtures, toilets, faucets, etc., as soon as you discover the leak.
- You can usually just replace a washer or two for a couple of dollars.
- Don’t flush bugs, tissues, or pet waste. Wrap them up and throw them into the trash.
- Showers use less water than baths, especially if you keep them to five minutes or less; try keeping a timer to try and keep the time down.
- Keep a water pitcher in the refrigerator. Running the tap to get cold water wastes gallons.
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The City of Woodstock is committed to water quality and water conservation. If you need help implementing any of our water saving tips, call Kelen Shostak at (770) 592-6000 ext. 1702 for assistance.