During the June 15 CMD/CPOA Board meeting Eagle River Water and Sanitation District (ERWSD) representatives presented the Draft Regional Water Efficiency Plan. The District promotes water efficiency for both in-home and outdoor water uses. The amount of water used outdoors is generally twice that used for indoor purposes, and only about 15 to 40 percent of water used outdoors makes its way back to local waterways. None of this water is returned to local streams through a wastewater plant. Most of the water is consumed by plant needs or evaporation; what is leftover percolates through the ground and may eventually make its way to a local stream. The large amount of water used for landscaping purposes, combined with the small percent that returns to streams, makes responsible use and water efficiency particularly important for outdoor water use. Tips to keep your water bill from skyrocketing during the irrigation season.- Know how much water your plants need and how often you should water.- Know the signs of drought stress.- Identify low input areas that need less water.- Avoid planting until fall.- Special irrigation permits for new plantings are available and required.
To learn more about these tips visit ERWSD website.