Water Wisely During the Summer
Des Moines Water Works has implemented Stage 1 of its Water Shortage Plan and is asking customers to reduce lawn irrigation by 25 percent. Read the plan here.
Customer demand in the past few days has caused the utility's production system to operate at 90 percent of its available capacity, which is the trigger for implementing the plan.
Landscape irrigation makes up a large portion of water consumption, particularly during the warm months of the year. There are many sophisticated automated, in-ground lawn sprinkler systems in use today; however, these systems can require regular maintenance to operate efficiently. It is important to remember that even the most properly maintained system can be operated unwisely.
The recommended outdoor irrigation scheduled applies to all spray irrigation systems for businesses and homes:
- Watering is not recommended on Mondays
- Even-numbered addresses are encouraged to water on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, before 10:00 a.m., or after 5:00 p.m.
- Odd-numbered addresses are encouraged to water on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, before 10:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m.
- Watering is not recommended during the hottest part of the day, hours between 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- My home address is 5018 NW 64th Place – my recommended watering scheduled is Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, before 10:00 a.m., or after 5:00 p.m.
- My business address is 1355 Merle Hay Road – my recommended watering scheduled is Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, before 10:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m.
In addition, it is important to:
- Test irrigation systems each spring to ensure there are no leaking sprinkler heads and that each head is properly directing its spray onto the turf and landscape.
- For in-ground irrigation systems, install a moisture sensor that will turn off the irrigation system during its normal run cycle when there has been sufficient rainfall.
- When possible, avoid laying sod or grass seed during the month of July and the first three weeks of August. These typically are the hottest months of the year. New sod has no established root system and therefore requires daily watering during hot summer days to keep it alive. Grass seed is also best used during the fall.
- Consult your preferred garden center, lawn, or landscape professional for tips and consultation for your specific lawn and landscape care and watering needs.