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Posted on: April 12, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Delay and save

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Thank you Lafayette for your continued efforts to reduce water use by delaying turning on sprinkler systems. The community uses as much as five times more water per day in the summer due to outdoor irrigation. Delaying irrigation can save up to eight million gallons of water per day (the equivalent of over 12 Olympic-sized swimming pools!) and will save you money on your monthly water bill.

If I delay turning on my sprinkler system, will it damage my lawn?

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 late May or June. Hand water trees and plants as needed. Trees offer many benefits such as shade and habitat and are often greatly impacted by drought, so keep an eye on the health of your trees and water them when needed.  

For tips on hand watering trees to keep them healthy while letting grass remain dormant and other water conservation tips visit

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