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Posted on: April 13, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Water Your Garden Wisely — and Win Prizes

During April, Issaquah is participating in the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation.

The annual event is a friendly competition between cities across the country to see which city can be the most water-wise. You can contribute by conserving water use in your garden and around your home.

  • Water early in the morning (before 10 a.m.) or later in the evening (after 6 p.m.) Temperatures are cooler and evaporation is minimized.
  • Apply the amount of water your soil can absorb. Water thoroughly, but infrequently. If run off or puddling occurs, break longer watering sessions into shorter sessions allowing water to better soak into the soil.
  • Cover your soil with mulch. Mulch feeds the soil, conserves water and prevents weeds.
  • Consider allowing your lawn to go dormant. In the Pacific Northwest, lawns can go dormant and turn golden brown, but will come back in the fall.
  • Keep sprinkler systems maintained. This spring, inspect your sprinkler system for leaks or blockages and avoid overspray onto paved surfaces.
  • Wash your car at a local car wash. You'll save water and keep pollutants out of local lakes and streams.
  • Consider upgrading your irrigation system. Install Water Smart controllers and rain sensors.
  • Take the My Water Pledge now to help our community win!

    Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge will win. If we win, participants in our community will be eligible to win hundreds of prizes including a Toyota Prius, and money toward home improvement stores and water conservation tools.

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