Saving water is always in season and should be a part of your regular winterizing routine this fall to help reduce your utility bill and protect our precious natural resource. As we head into cooler weather, remember your outdoor landscaping needs less water and to turn off all irrigation systems by November 1.
“Just because winter is around the corner, doesn’t mean we don’t have to worry about saving water,” said Rick Carpenter, Water Resources and Conservation Manager. “Most people don’t think much about their irrigation system this time of year, but now is the time to make sure your outdoor systems can weather the winter and avoid the unwelcome surprise of broken pipes. Many customers do not know they have a burst pipe until they notice a high water bill when it warms up,” Carpenter says. Water expands when it freezes and can lead to cracked and broken pipes and valves. To avoid frozen pipes and costly repairs, the City suggests following these precautions:
- Turn of your irrigation controller
- Close the main shut off valve
- Drain the pipes
- Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses
- Insulate above-ground pipes
- Install a freeze sensor
The Santa Fe Water Conservation Office has these additional tips for winter water use:
- Now is a good time to reassess your lawn or garden and begin planning changes for next year to make sure you are making the most of the water you use.
- Stop using soaker hoses and put them away for winter. Check regular hoses for cracks or leaks and repair or replace before putting them away.
- Sweep patios, driveways and sidewalks; never hose off paved surfaces.
By following city requirements and participating in the city’s water rebate and incentive program, citizens have a positive impact on the sustainability of the city’s water supplies and can reduce the cost of monthly city utility bills.
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