Whether it's raining in June or dry in December, Truckee Meadows Water Authority always values responsible water use. That's why we encourage Weather-Wise Watering. We are the experts in Weather-Wise watering and we are here to help.
How It Works
Weather-Wise Watering works to mimic Mother Nature, watering only what your yard needs while avoiding water waste. Running the sprinklers every other day under the Assigned-Day Watering schedule is the best way to keep your turf healthy while keeping your water bill low.
Assigned-Day watering only applies to your sprinklers. Run them when it’s cool and not windy, usually early in the morning. Turn sprinklers off when it’s raining.
Water Weather-Wisely on your assigned days. If the last number of your home or business address is:
- Even (0, 2, 4, 6 or 8), run the sprinklers on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
- Odd (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9), run the sprinklers on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
- Watering Times: Normally we ask that you shut your sprinklers off between noon and 6 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
- Also, give your sprinklers a rest on Mondays, as it is a day to replenish and maintain our water system
Drip systems and hand watering of trees, shrubs, flower beds and vegetable gardens are permitted any day of the week. Please use an automatic shut-off nozzle when using a hose.
Outdoor watering increases water use of the average residential customer by four to 10 times during the summer and Assigned-Day watering helps level off peak days.
Use the “Water & Wait” Method with Sprinkler Systems
On your watering days, water until puddles begin to form, then stop and wait for the water to soak in, about 1-2 hours. Repeat until water penetrates 6-8 inches deep, which you can determine by easily pushing a screwdriver into the damp soil.
Water Deep and Less Often with Drip Systems
Hand watering or running drip systems to irrigate flowerbeds, vegetable gardens, trees and shrubs is permitted any day of the week.
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