What does it take to be a Water Smart Homeowner?
Being Water Smart doesn't mean NOT watering your lawn or garden. It is about being a good steward of our natural resource.
"Through landscaping and design choices, we are looking for homeowners willing to go the extra mile to be Water Smart"
Here are some of the things that make a landscape Water Smart:
- Reduced turf area
- Properly installed and scheduled irrigation system
- Drip irrigation in landscaped beds
- Great use of naturalized areas
- Mulched landscaped beds with hardy shrubs
- Trees that provide four season color and interest
- No or minimal use of water-hungry annuals, but space allowed if desired on a seasonal basis
- No exposed soil areas
- Uses recycling waterfall and stream to reduce erosion into the James River and the Chesapeake Bay
- Uses low maintenance plantings, that will thrive WITHOUT IRRIGATION once they are established (3 years)
- Low maintenance for the homeowner
If you think you qualify as a Water Smart homeowner, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
July 3, 2006
“I am a person who is very conservative in using water wisely and also love to share a good idea. So here’s an idea passed on to me that I think you might add to your WATER SMART list. My sister-in-law saved the water that drips from her AC and watered her plants with it all summer and the plants flourished much better than with faucet water. I did not believe that it could amount to much water but she said you would be surprised. So this year I thought I’d give it a try..SHE WAS RIGHT! There is an amazing amount of water and my plants are flourishing, too. It is a bother, I admit but very doable. I make two or three trips a day but they are short trips and I am saving water. Hope you can pass this idea on.”