The Public Works Commission Has Declared a
State of Water Supply Conservation
Due to the extended period of extreme heat and lack of precipitation, customer demand is reaching the limits of our available water supply. If demand is not curtailed voluntarily, the Public Works Commission will be required to upgrade this declaration to a Mandatory Water Use Restriction – Level 1 which includes enforcement on noted water use restrictions.
To avoid this measure, we are seeking your support. This can be done by increased awareness and abidance of the following Best Management Practices for lawn irrigation.
Best Management Practices
S Horticulturists agree that a total of one-inch of water applied to a lawn (rainfall and/or supplemental irrigation) over the course of a week is generally sufficient.
S Water before 7 am to minimize water loss via evaporation.
S Mow high. Keep your lawn 2.5”-3” high to encourage a stronger roots system, reduce evaporation and crowd out weeds. Leave the clippings on the lawn, they help retain moisture and provide valuable nutrients.
S Check your lawn to see if it is thirsty by sticking a screwdriver into your lawn. If it goes through 5 inches of soil easily, your lawn may not need to be watered. Lawns that go brown in the heat of summer are not dead; they are just dormant and will become green again when the rain returns.
Please adjust your irrigation controller accordingly. If you do not know how to adjust your controller, contact your irrigation professional.
Concord Public Works is monitoring customer demand and available water supply around the clock and will provide additional information as it becomes available.
For additional information as to what activities are acceptable under different levels of a Declared State of Water Conservation, please click here.