While World Water Day comes just once a year, we team up with partners and work with associates who are dedicated to helping conserve and protect water every day of the year.
From volunteering in Peru to provide water wells in rural communities to helping grow fresh food for those in need using low-water techniques at the Hawthorne associate greenhouse, we’re inspired by our co-workers who are truly making a difference. On this day, our water warriors wanted to share how important water is.
From coast-to-coast, we can all do our part to help. Here are a few tips to reduce outdoor water use we can all follow throughout the year:
If you need to water, morning is best. Water evaporates in the afternoon before plants can use it.
Mow high. Grass three or four inches long has deep roots to access underground moisture, reducing the need for surface watering.
Check carefully for leaks. Sometimes leaks are hard to find. Replace sprinklers and hoses with cracks and leaks so water isn’t wasted.
Mulch planting beds. Mulch reduces evaporation and helps retain rainwater.
Water the lawn, not the sidewalk. Adjust your sprinklers to avoid hardscapes or buy new devices that provide more accuracy.
Consider a compost bin. Using a garbage disposal can waste a lot of water because it needs running water to work. A compost bin can not only help save water, but it can vastly improve your garden soil.
If we’re all a bit more conscientious about how we use and conserve water, we can make a big difference today–and for the next generation.