*Water lawn and garden in the morning to prevent excessive evaporation.
*Use sprinklers that make large drops, small drops evaporate faster.
*Water about an inch a week, applied slowly. Place some empty cans or jars in your yard to determine how long it will take to water 1 inch.
*Avoid watering paved areas and use a broom to clean off sidewalks and decks instead of the water hose.
*Collect rainwater in buckets or barrels covered with a screen to water plants.
*Listen to weather forecasts so you don’t water if it’s going to rain.
WATER HOSES ARE FOR WATERING – NOT FOR DRINKING !!
When working in the yard and you are tempted to take a drink from your garden hose – DON’T, it may not be safe. Standard vinyl garden hoses have a substance in them to keep them flexible and these chemicals can get into the water as it travels through the hose, and these chemicals are not good for you. There is a hose available that is made with a food – grade plastic that is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. This type of hose will not contaminate the water.
BEWARE OF BACKFLOW
Backflow may occur as a result of a cross connection between your water supply and a polluted source. For example: you are going to spray weed killer on your lawn. You hook up your garden hose to the sprayer that contains the weed killer. If the water pressure were to drop at the same time you turn on your hose, the weed killer would be sucked back into the water pipes through the hose, thus seriously polluting the drinking water system. Another example would be filling a tank containing chemicals with a hose. Be careful not to submerge the hose in the water containing chemicals inside the tank while filling it. This can be prevented by using an attachment called a backflow-prevention device on your water hose.