Ways to Save Outdoors

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CA-friendly-trees-plantsA survey conducted in the LVMWD service area shows that nearly 70% of the water we serve is used outdoors, primarily for landscaping.

Outdoor conservation is particularly important in our service area, because excessive irrigation not only wastes water but also results in urban runoff, polluting our local creeks and streams.

How to reduce your outdoor water use:

1. Convert your water-guzzling lawn to a drought-tolerant landscape. View LVMWD’s native plant guide.

2. Irrigate before 10 a.m. or after 5 p.m. to minimize loss of water due to evaporation.

3. Install a rain barrel or cistern to capture rainfall.

4. Use recycled water instead of drinking water to maintain trees, shrubs, gardens and lawn areas. FREE recycled water is available to customers of LVMWD or Triunfo Sanitation District / Oak Park Water Service every Saturday, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. More information.

5. Switch to a Weather Based Irrigation Controller (WBIC). Click here for rebate information.

6. Use water-efficient rotary nozzles and/or drip irrigation system.

7. Do not turn on sprinklers within 48 hours of measurable rainfall.

smart-controllerTake Control of Your Controller

If you do not have the instructions for your irrigation controller, note its make and model, and go to the manufacturer’s website. They often have operating manuals available for download.

Read our Simple Irrigation Scheduler.


8. Use compost or mulch to help soil retain moisture in lawns and gardens. FREE compost is available every Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., at LVMWD’s Rancho Las Virgenes Composting Facility.

9. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean outdoor areas.

10. Use a pool cover to reduce water loss due to evaporation.

11. Use a hose with a trigger nozzle to wash cars.

12. Allow your grass to reach at least three inches in length before cutting. Doing so will increase shade on the soil, encourage deeper rooting and reduce water loss due to evaporation.

13. Let us know if you observe any runoff from a neighbor’s property.


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(updated October 10, 2017)


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