Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Advice from Owlie

Advice from Owlie

Q: Dear Owlie, 
I have noticed that I need to refill my pool and spa more frequently.  My family and I do not use it too much so I’m assuming it’s from evaporation.  As the summer heats up, I would like to invest in a pool and spa cover to reduce the amount of water that evaporates, but I am worried about the cost.  Do the gallons of water saved outweigh the initial cost of buying a cover?  
Sincerely, 
Pool Water Preserver

A: Dear Pool Water Preserver
I am glad you are considering the purchase of a pool and spa cover.  During the summer, water in pools and spas can be lost to evaporation. This evaporation rate may be higher in southern California, where temperatures can reach triple digits.  With a cover, however, you can reduce the evaporation rate by 30 – 90 %, depending on the quality of the pool cover.  Yearly, a pool and spa cover can save the average homeowner 4,844 to 7,161 gallons of water.  To learn more water-saving tips, visit www.ieua.org

Good luck with your pool and spa cover purchase, 
Owlie

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Advice from Owlie

Advice from Owlie

Q: Dear Owlie, 
I have noticed what appears to be hard water stains on my driveway and sidewalk.  With the recent requirement to eliminate water runoff from homes, I am concerned that this may be caused by runoff from my sprinklers, but I’m not sure since I water my lawn in the early morning hours.  What can I do to stop this runoff and ensure the water is being used for my landscape?  
Sincerely, 
Runoff Worrier

A: Dear Runoff Worrier
Thank you for being aware of your runoff problem and wanting to fix it.  When your sprinklers run, walk on the edge of your property to see if there is indeed runoff.  Once you have confirmed the runoff problem, you can change your watering schedule to eliminate it.  One of the best solutions to combat runoff is splitting your 15 minute watering sessions into two, 5-8 minute spurts of watering sessions 30-45 minutes apart.  This allows the water to infiltrate into the soil, thereby eliminating the runoff.  To learn more outdoor watering tips, visit www.ieua.org.

Best of luck in fixing your runoff problem and saving your water for your landscape, 
Owlie

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Advice from Owlie

Advice from Owlie

Q: Dear Owlie, 
My irrigation controller broke and I am looking to replace it with a newer model.  I have heard there are new models that can help me save water.  What type of controller do you recommend to help me save water?  
Sincerely, 
Water Conscious Consumer

A: Dear Water Conscious Consumer, 
Thank you for your interest in using a water-saving irrigation controller.  A great water-saving irrigation controller is called a weather based “smart” irrigation controller.  These irrigation controllers water landscapes based on the local weather and soil conditions, therefore adapting to the needs of the plants in your landscape.  A weather based “smart” irrigation controller can save you up to 8,800 gallons a year.  Learn more about irrigation controllers at www.ieua.org.

Good luck to you and your water-saving efforts, 
Owlie

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Advice from Owlie

Advice from Owlie

Q: Dear Owlie, 
I have noticed a decrease in my water consumption on my water bill since putting your indoor water-saving tips to use.  Despite this decrease in water, I feel like I am missing some tips that I can use outside to save water.  What are some outdoor watering habits that will continue to lower my water use?  
Sincerely, 
                                                     Water Wise Homeowner

A: Dear Water Wise Homeowner
I am happy to hear you have been putting my indoor water-saving tips to use!  Some tips to use outside include checking your sprinklers to ensure they are watering your lawn and garden and not the sidewalk, changing your irrigation times every month to water early in the morning or later in the evening and not watering on windy days.  These tips can help you reach your low water use goals.  Learn more water-saving tips at www.ieua.org

Good luck with saving more water on your next water bill, 
Owlie

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Advice from Owlie

Advice from Owlie

Q: Dear Owlie, 
Since I’m pretty handy around the house, I would like to do some repairs – or upgrades – this spring that will help me to use less water.  What are some repairs or upgrades that you recommend?  
Sincerely, 
Water Conserving Handyman 

A: Dear Water Conserving Handyman
It is great that you are willing to tackle some water-saving home repairs.  Some repairs you can do around your home include fixing any leaks on faucets, showers and toilets.  Every leak fixed in your home can save you up to 20 gallons of water a day.  While fixing faucet leaks, you can also install aerators on all of your household faucets, which slow the flow of water to less than one gallon per minute.  For more information on how you can save water, visit www.ieua.org.

Good luck with your water-saving repairs, 
Owlie




Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Advice from Owlie

Advice from Owlie

Q: Dear Owlie, 
While I was playing soccer at the park, I noticed purple pipes near the field. What are purple pipes, and why are they at my park? 
Sincerely, 
Young Purple Pipe Enthusiast 

A: Dear Young Purple Pipe Enthusiast
Thank you for your question about purple pipes. The color purple on the pipes means they hold recycled water. Recycled water is water made by treating wastewater and is great for watering golf courses and parks, like the park where you play soccer. Recycled water is important to use for irrigation so we can save more of the drinking water for us, and not the plants. If you want to learn more about recycled water, visit www.ieua.org.

Good luck with your soccer and I hope you spread the word about purple pipes, 
Owlie



Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Advice from Owlie

Advice from Owlie

Q: Dear Owlie, 
I’m thinking about re-landscaping my yard. What types of plants should I use to reduce my water use? 
Sincerely, 
Water-Conscious Gardener

A: Dear Water-Conscious Gardener
Thank you for your interest in using water-wise plants for your landscape. The plants that fit your water-saving needs are drought tolerant, or southern California native plants. These plants are as beautiful as they are water-saving. Some of these plants include Purple Sage, California Wild Rose, Cleveland Sage, and Deer Grass. You can see all of these plants, and more, at the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park, watersavinggardenfriendly.com or follow IEUA's Twitter account @IEUAwater for Friday Foliage, a weekly look at water-wise plants, for more garden inspiration. 

Best wishes to you and your water-saving efforts,
Owlie