The system that brings water to homes and businesses in Plymouth is complex, reliable and costly. It operates best when not pressed to capacity for long periods of time, but that is what happens in the summer when lawn watering and other outdoor water use can triple water consumption. Plymouth’s water consumption can go from just over 150 millions gallons per month in February to more than 430 millions per month in July or August.
2018 Water Usage in Plymouth
To conserve water and address Department of Natural Resources requirements, Plymouth has annual restrictions on outdoor water use in effect from May 1 through September 30 for city water customers. Plymouth follows an odd/even lawn watering schedule and outright prohibits outdoor lawn watering from noon to 5 p.m. on all days, with some exceptions.
Tips to Reduce Outdoor Watering
- Utilize drought-resistant plants
- Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting (2½ to 3 inches) to encourage deeper root growth and shade the soil
- Direct downspouts toward shrubs, lawn, trees, or gardens
- Utilize a rain barrel
- Water early in the day
- Monitor and maintain irrigation system for leaks and spray patterns
- Water your lawn when it needs it, rather than on a fixed schedule, by using a WiFi connected controller that utilizes local weather data to determine sprinkling times
- Avoid watering on windy days whenever possible
- Visit home-water-works.org to take the water conservation calculator challenge