The City of Lafayette encourages residents to conserve water by using several of the programs the City offers. Lawn removal and a transition to a water-wise garden are the best ways to conserve water and save money on your water utility bill. However, water-efficient irrigation equipment is another option for residents to reduce water usage. The Outdoor Water Efficiency Rebate offers homeowners within the City rebates on certain outdoor water-conserving products. Learn more about the rebates.
2024 Waterwise Yard Seminars
Join Resource Central this spring and summer to learn all about waterwise landscaping, promoting pollinators, and conserving water. Upcoming topics include: Regenerative Agriculture, Intro to Xeriscape, Planting for Pollinators, and Sprinkler Systems 101. View the full lineup of over 25 Waterwise Yard Seminars on their website and register at: ResourceCentral.org/Seminars
Learn more about water conservation by reviewing the videos about our programs and hearing from a Lafayette resident about her experience with the Garden in a Box program.
Water Conservation Tips
Residents are encouraged to implement water reduction actions by discovering ways to reduce water use at their home or business as spring and summer approach. Learn more about these recommendations to reduce water use, save money, and protect future water supplies.
The following are standard recommendations to help customers reduce water use, save money and protect future water supplies.
Wait to water lawns. Don't turn on sprinklers too early in the season. Leaving lawns dormant longer will save water, and will not compromise the longevity of your lawn. April is too early to go automatic, plan on programming your sprinkler system to start in May or June.
Water less frequently. Watering twice a week will make grass roots grow deeper and allow the grass to last longer without water. As a reminder, outdoor irrigation is limited to a maximum of three days per week.
Water in the evening, night, or early morning.Watering landscapes in the early morning or at night will help reduce water loss. During the daytime heat, less water will be available to plants due to loss from evaporation and wind.
When it rains, water accordingly. Watch the weather and adjust watering days and times accordingly.
Let grass grow longer before cutting it. Raise lawn mower blades and protect lawns from heat by letting grass grow longer (3-3.5”). A taller lawn provides shade to the roots and helps retain soil moisture, so your lawn requires less water.
Water lawns, plants, and trees - not roads and sidewalks. Sweep driveways and sidewalks with a broom instead of spraying with a hose – but please not down the storm drain or into the street gutter.
Fix leaks. Check your sprinkler system monthly for broken sprinkler heads and damaged irrigation lines. Take advantage of Lafayette's free sprinkler evaluations through our partner Resource Central.
Plan ahead and plan efficiently. If possible, delay new lawn installations for a non-drought year and avoid planting during the mid-summer heat. If you’ve already purchased a water-wise garden this year, plant early in the morning or evening in May.