Lawns are generally the single biggest water user for a typical property — offering the greatest potential for water savings.
If the only time you walk on your lawn is to mow, consider eliminating turf areas and plan a new landscape with permeable materials and native plants. CCWD has a CD available for District customers for your computer that will help you find attractive water-saving plants. You can order it here, it's free.
If you have good reasons to keep your lawn, remember we all must reduce our water use. Your lawn may not look its best this year, but here are some simple maintenance practices that will help it survive drought.
# Mow lawns 2½ to 3 inches high. Taller blades promote deeper roots and provide shade for soil.
# Don't fertilize. Actively growing plants need more water, and fertilizers can damage already stressed root systems.
# Trim grass adjacent to sprinkler head to ensure the sprinkler is not blocked.
# Reduce the watering schedule and make sure you are only watering early in the morning (between 3 and 8 a.m.).
For more drought survival tips, go to www.ccwater.com/conserve or to schedule a free home water use efficiency evaluation, call 925-688-8320. For questions on the drought management program or your water allocation, call the drought help line at 925-688-8009. Those living outside the district should call their water provider for information and assistance.