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Monthly Tips


Outdoor Tip:
Evaporation, historically for December is 1.83 inches.  First frost is possible about the middle of the month, take special care with tender plants in containers by bringing them into a sheltered area.  Adjust irrigation schedule to fit cooler nights.  Water plants only when needed, not by the calendar.  Check hose faucets and tighten so they don’t leak.

Indoor Tip:
Saving water may be the last thing on your mind during the hustle and bustle of these joyous times, but these simple water-saving tips are sure to get you on Santa’s “nice” list:

  • Avoid running the tap when washing those holiday pots, pans, and dishes. Instead, plug the drain, fill the sink with soapy water, then scrub and rinse. 
  • Wash fruits and vegetables in a small pan of water instead of under running water.
  • Rather than defrosting frozen foods under running or dripping water, either defrost overnight in the refrigerator or use the defrost setting on your microwave. This can save up to 50 gallons of water.
  • Save another 60 gallons weekly by brushing food scraps into the garbage can instead of rinsing them into the sink’s garbage disposal.