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Use the odd/even watering schedule to conserve water

on July 23, 2019

The City of Norman has a permanent odd/even water conservation schedule for irrigation.

This means that houses and businesses with odd-numbered addresses only water on odd-numbered calendar days and those with even-numbered addresses only water on even-numbered calendar days.

Using our water resources wisely, we can fill the needs of the people, industries, and businesses and ensure sufficient water for fighting fires and emergencies.

Other water-conserving measures to take, in addition to the odd/even watering, are:

  • Adjust your sprinklers to make sure you are not watering the sidewalk, driveway or other areas that do not need watering.
  • Do not water between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. This is the hottest part of the day when up to 40 percent of the water can be lost to evaporation.
  • Use mulch.  A thick layer of mulch around your plants helps keep the ground insulated from the sun and retains moisture better.
  • Use an inexpensive hose timer to avoid overwatering. Soaker hoses are also a great option for preventing evaporation due to the wind.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes or clothes. Nearly 22 percent of indoor home water use comes from doing laundry. Save water by making sure to adjust the settings on your machine to the proper load size.
  • Every time you shave minutes off your shower, you save hot water and the energy (and cost) to heat the water.

Water conservation - using water efficiently and avoiding waste - is fundamental to ensuring water availability in the future.   To protect our water supply, everyone can practice conservation. In our businesses, schools, and homes, using water more efficiently will lessen the strain on a limited water supply.