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During the spring and summer months, the Town of Golden reminds residents to be mindful of water usage and to make an effort to conserve water. Golden's water use is at its highest during this time, and lawn watering is a large contributor to increased use.
 
“By being diligent about our watering, residents can lessen the impact on the local water supply and distribution system, and on the environment,” said Chief Administrative Officer, Jon Wilsgard. “It is important that we come together as a community and make every effort to conserve water so that we don’t put any excess stress on our water system.”
 
Restrictions are put in place through a local bylaw to make sure residents water their lawns at appropriate times of the day, lowering the impact on the local water supply during peak times.1.png
 
Residents that live at odd numbered addresses are to water on odd days, and residents that live at even numbered addresses are to water on even days. On designated watering days, residents are only permitted to water in the morning between 4 and 10 a.m. and in the evening between 7 and 10 p.m.
 
Automatic irrigation systems on a timer should be set to water between midnight and 6 a.m. on the appropriate day, as mentioned above.
 
Hand watering of plants using a hose with a working spring-loaded shut-off nozzle or a hand-held container is allowed at any time.
 
If everyone does their part to be water conscious it can reduce system pumping requirements and ensures the Town can maintain adequate reservoir storage for firefighting purposes. The Town of Golden delivers water to over 1,400 households through more than 39 kilometres of water pipes.

Check out these 10 tips for water conservation outside the home:
  1. Aerate your lawn: Lawns can become compacted over time. Aerating removes cores of soil and turf from your lawn, increasing the flow of water to your lawn’s roots so your watering time is more effective and allows for more nutrients and oxygen to penetrate the soil.
  2. Say NO to nitrogen: Avoid using high-nitrogen fertilizers, they require a lot of water in order for them to work and they only temporarily stimulate new growth.
  3. Say YES to organics: In place of nitrogen fertilizers, using a compost or high-quality topsoil annually will increase nutrients in the soil and improve its water-holding capacity.
  4. Use grass clippings: Grass clippings are a valuable organic source of nutrients, especially nitrogen, so leave them on the lawn after mowing to help your grass grow greener, healthier and thicker.
  5. Let grass grow: Let grass grow to a height of 2.5 inches. Taller grass shades new growth and reduces evaporation.
  6. Avoid evaporation: Water over smaller areas! When a sprinkler is set to cover a large area, up to half of the water could be lost to evaporation before it even hits the ground. Hand watering of plants using a hose with a working spring-loaded shut-off nozzle or a hand-held container is allowed at any time.
  7. Reduce turf areas: Replace water-thirsty grass with decking or mulched gardens of drought-tolerant plants.
  8. Plant wisely: Group plants according to their watering needs. Consider plant species that are indigenous to the area. They have adapted to the local climate conditions and require little water to grow.
  9. Use a hose timer: A hose timer connects to your outside tap and turns off your sprinkler automatically after a set time.
  10. Use mulch: Mulch acts as a protective cover around plants. It keeps soil cool and moist, and discourages weed growth. Organic mulches work best. Use straw, leaves, bark or wood chips and avoid using rocks as they retain heat, increasing the need for water.
If your garden requires a lot of water, consider getting a rain barrel to supplement what you get out of the tap. 

Check out these 10 tips for water conservation outside the home:
  1. Check your toilet for leaks! Did you know a leaky toilet can waste as much as 4,500 litres of water per day? That’s 135,000 litres of water a month! To check for leaks, put a little food coloring into your toilet tank and let it sit for 15 minutes. If the color appears in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately.
  2. Take shorter showers. A typical shower can use 20-40 litres of water a minute! Cutting back on your showers just by a couple minutes can save water.
  3. Install water efficient toilets and fixtures. Save water by installing low or dual flush toilets, low-flow showerheads and faucets and faucet aerators.
  4. Turn off the tap! Don’t let the tap run continuously when washing, brushing your teeth or shaving.
  5. Toilets are not for trash! Items such as flushable wipes, paper towels, reinforced paper towels or hygiene related products belong in the waste basket, not the toilet.
  6.  Fix that leaky tap! A dripping faucet can waste up to 7,500 litres of water a year.
  7.  Wash dishes and clothes wisely. You can save almost 60 litres per load for the dishwasher and over 100 litres per load for clothes washers just by making sure they are fully loaded before starting them.
  8. Washing dishes by hand? Don’t let the water run, fill one sink/basin for washing and another for rinsing.
  9.  When cooking, peel and clean vegetables in a bowl of water instead of under running water.
  10.  Keep a jug of water in the fridge so you don’t have to waste water waiting for the tap to run cold.