SMALL CHANGES FOR BIG IMPACTS
Park City has a semi-arid climate and the amount of water supply available varies from year to year. Some year's snowfall and rainfall are plentiful and other year's precipitation is scarce. By using water wisely we protect ourselves from water shortages in drier years. Conservation can do more than save gallons of water.
CONSERVATION TIPS & TOOLS
IN THE HOME
Let your pots and pans soak instead of letting the water run while you clean them.
Wash only full loads in your washing machine, or adjust the water level to reflect the size of the load.
Install ultra-low-flush toilets or place a plastic bottle filled with water or sand in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water used in each flush.
Instead of washing your car in the street or driveway, park it on the lawn where it won't go to waste.
Try to add more days between watering. Allowing your lawn to dry out between watering creates deeper roots and allows you to water deeper and less often.
Create a compost pile and use it in your yard to add needed nutrients and organic matter to the soil.
DO YOU NEED SOME HELP?
Our Customer Service Coordinator can be dispatched to read your meter and/or check for a leak. Look at your water bill for a history of your water usage-or call the billing office for a computer printout. There is no charge for this service. We can be reached at (435) 615-5335.
There are many ways that a drought can be defined. A dictionary definition is simply an "absence of moisture" or "prolonged dry weather." Another common approach is to relate a drought to times when the demand for water exceeds the available supply of water. When there are widespread shortages, or projections of shortages, it becomes quite apparent that a drought is occurring. At other times, if most demands are being satisfied, it may be difficult to say we are in a drought. In Colorado and other arid western states, a drought may affect farmers, cities, and other water users differently depending on the severity of the drought and the water supplies owned or available for their use.
Xeriscape is a coined word derived from the Greek 'Xeros', meaning dry. It is used to describe landscaping with water conservation as a major objective. Our definition of Xeriscape is: An attractive, sustainable landscape that conserves water and is based on sound horticultural practices. Xeriscape landscaping incorporates seven basic principles, which lead to saving water:
PLANNING AND DESIGN
Planning and design is the foundation of any water-wise
Soil analysis will determine whether soil improvement is needed for better water
PRACTICAL TURF AREAS
Practical turf areas suggest that turf grasses be used as a planned element in the landscape. Avoid impractical turf use, such as long, narrow areas.
APPROPRIATE PLANT SELECTION
Appropriate plant selection keeps the landscape more in tune with the natural environment. Both native and exotic plants make up the huge variety of plants available for Xeriscape landscaping.
By simply using efficient irrigation, you can instantly save 30 to 50 percent on your water bill.
USE OF MULCHES
Use mulches in flower and shrub beds to prevent water loss from the soil through evaporation and to increase water penetration during irrigations.
Appropriate maintenance preserves the beauty of the Xeriscape landscape plus saves water. Pruning, weeding, proper fertilization, pest control and irrigation system adjustments all conserve water.
By incorporating these seven principles, you can help preserve our most precious natural resource-water. Xeriscape landscapes need not be cactus and rock gardens. They can be green, cool landscapes full of beautiful plants maintained with water-efficient practices. The same green Park City-style landscape which we are accustomed to can be achieved and still conserve water.
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