With the hottest months of summer coming up, why not learn how to sustainably help your landscape beat the heat? In conjunction with the Tarrant Regional Water District and Tarrant County Master Gardeners, the City of Southlake Public Works Department will host a virtual DIY Rainwater Harvesting Workshop. Rainwater harvesting is not only a great way to save money on your water bill, but it also helps conserve water. This is especially important in the summer when demand for water reaches its peak.
Open exclusively to Southlake residents, this 45-minute workshop will teach you the best tips and tricks on how to easily collect and utilize rainwater for your home. Registrants will be able to access the virtual presentation at their convenience from July 23rd to July 30th.
In addition to the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to purchase their own rain barrel at a discounted rate of only $25. There are a limited number of barrels, so be sure to register today and secure yours! Only one rain barrel per household. More details about when and where to pick up the barrels will be provided through email after registering.
For more information and to register for the event, visit https://southlakerwh.eventbrite.com.
To learn more about Tarrant Regional Water District and water conservation efforts in our region, visit https://savetarrantwater.com/.
Being Water Smart simply means using only as much water as you need by being aware of your water usage. The following programs will help your yard flourish while you save water and money! For more watering tips, click here.
March is Texas SmartScape Month! This spring, try out some water-efficient landscaping by using the regionally-developed Texas SmartScape Landscape Design Tools online. To discover nearby plant sales or learn more about native and adaptive plants, check out the Texas SmartScape website.
Weekly Watering Advice
Sign up for weekly water advice localized to your address based on weather patterns. You’ll receive an alert every week to tell you how much to water your yard based on how your sprinkler system is set up and the prior week’s rainfall! To sign up for weekly watering advice, click here.
Control water use from the palm of your hand with the EyeOnWater app! Every water meter in the City has technology installed that reads individual water use data wirelessly, giving you the ability to detect leaks in your home, ensure the sprinklers are operating as intended and more! To sign up for an EyeOnWater account, click here.
W.I.S.E. Guys Sprinkler Evaluation
Receive a free sprinkler evaluation and receive a rebate up to a $200 on your water bill for water-conserving repairs you make! Now is the time to fix up that irrigation system – you don’t want to wait until that high water bill hits in June to find out your system may have a leak. To learn more about the W.I.S.E. Guys program, click here.
National Gardening Day is on Sunday, April 14 which is a great time for you to get out in the yard, plant seeds and allow Mother Nature to work!
The City of Southlake has partnered with the North Central Texas Council of Governments and various cities across the DFW Metroplex to create the Texas SmartScape campaign. Texas SmartScape involves plant sales, landscape design tools, inspiration photos and more.
Not sure what to plant? Texas SmartScape has an online plant database that can you help you find plants that are beneficial for this type of environment.
The great thing about planting native to the region is that the plants are suited to the climate, soil and precipitation. It also improves water quality by reducing runoff. Another plus to planting plants native or adapted to Texas is that they require less water, pesticides and fertilizers.
“With the native plants using much less water than other types of plants, water bills tend to go down as this water is conserved,” said Environmental Coordinator Ashley Carlisle, “These plants also help filter out any pollutants that might be in stormwater, so it’s a two for one win for Southlake residents.”
Join the celebration with other gardeners across Texas on April 14 and plant something new in your garden to bring out the natural beauty of your landscape.
The permanent water schedule will continue according to the 2019 Water Conservation Plan. City Council recently reviewed the first reading of the new plan at the April 2 City Council meeting.
Under the water conservation plan, Southlake Water Utilities Customers can operate their landscape irrigation systems at least twice per week any time before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
There is no cost to adopt this plan and it includes other cost savings methods as well, such as reducing or delaying the need for new supplies, pipeline delivery, capacity improvements and the use of new cellular technology which allows users to review their water consumption 24/7 and detect for leaks inside the home through an EyeOnWater App.
Residents can also take advantage of the City’s W.I.S.E. Guys Program, where a licensed irrigator will be assigned to conduct a free irrigation evaluation to determine rather or not there are leaks outside of the home.
The Water Conservation Plan is required by the Texas Administrative Code. The plan is updated and resubmitted on a five-year cycle. Since the last updated was conducted in April 2014, the next update falls this year on May 1.
It’s hot outside! We all like green lawns and beautiful landscaping, and in this heat, they need a little extra help to stay hydrated. While it can be tempting to water every day, the City does have a watering schedule that must be followed.
Here is the current watering schedule to help you remember when you can water.
The best time to water is in the early morning hours (Midnight – 4 a.m.) so water has the chance to soak into the soil. However, our watering schedule does allow you to water on your designated days between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. It’s also a good idea to establish a watering pattern for your landscape. The watering schedule does that for you.
“One of the best pieces of advice I can give to maintain a green, healthy landscape, is to consistently deeply water only a couple of times a week,” says Environmental Coordinator Ashley Carlisle.
Why do we have a watering schedule?
The current watering schedule was adopted under the current Water Conservation Plan in 2014. The plan aims to promote the efficient use of our region’s water resources. One of the ways the City does that is by using a watering schedule.
The growth of Southlake and the entire region in recent years has led to growing demands for water supplies. Thousands of gallons of water can be used per house per day just to run a sprinkler system – a demand for water use that has a serious effect on water levels during the summer. Diminished water levels can have an impact on not only water pressure throughout the City, but also fire protection for the community.
How much should I water?
Most lawns only need water twice a week. A great resource to help you figure out exactly how much you should water is WaterIsAwesome.com. This site, run by Tarrant Regional Water District, offers weekly advice based on rainfall from the prior week. You can sign up for alerts to be notified on how much water to use weekly. The site gives recommendations for the amount of water to use, zone runtimes, the number of cycles per zone and the total runtime per zone.
If you have specific questions about your irrigation system you can set up a free irrigation evaluation with the W.I.S.E. Guys program. A licensed irrigator will come to perform an evaluation on your sprinkler system with you and will provide you with personalized information on how your system can be used more efficiently. You could be eligible for up to a $200 rebate on your water bill for any repair work done.
If you have any questions about the watering schedule, contact Southlake Water Utilities Customer Service at (817) 748-8051.
March 19-25, 2018 is designated as national Fix a Leak Week, a week aimed at promoting water waste awareness and what you can do to save water and money.
Did you know that in Southlake, there is a 1 in 13 chance your home has a leak? Leaky faucets, running toilets, old and worn out plumbing fixtures and faulty irrigation controllers contribute to an average of 200 gallons of water waste a day. That much water waste can seriously impact your pocketbook.
Fix a Leak Week encourages you to take control of your water use by checking places where leaks typically occur. The premise is simple: Take ten minutes. Check the faucets, toilets, dishwasher and other sources for potential leaks, and then take the necessary steps to fix the leak:
If you are near Southlake Town Hall the week of March 19, stop by the lobby on the second floor and enjoy informational displays, handouts and free items designed to reduce water consumption in your home.
For more information about other water conservation tips, call (817) 748-8638.
For general information about Public Works Operations, call (817) 748-8082.
Make your day better by getting a free kit that helps spot common household leaks.
Through the “Make My Day Better” program, Southlake Water Utilities gives kits to help find leaks in your home. By being able to detect where a leak is, you can fix it, conserving water. Conserving your water use can lead to lowering your water bill.
Here is what each kit comes with:
Not sure what these items are and how to use them? That’s okay! Southlake Water Utilities gives a booklet with each kit that explains everything. These kits are available on the 2nd floor of Town Hall at the Southlake Water Utilities- Customer Service area.
Any questions? Please contact Southlake Water Utilities-Customer Service at (817) 748-8051.
Curious about how you can create a beautiful lawn while still saving money on your water bill at the same time?
Texas SmartScapeTM has developed an all-encompassing landscape program for those that live in North Texas. Here are seven steps you can follow to turn your lawn into a masterpiece!
|Step 1: Come to the Southlake Texas SmartScapeTM Plant Sale! Start your smart yard off right! The City of Southlake has partnered with our local Home Depot to bring you a family parking lot event on April 23rd, 2016 from 8am-12pm. Come sift through many varieties of Texas SmartScapeTM plants, check out informational displays, win prizes, and more!|
Step 2: Plan and Design! Start with the end in mind. Consider your family’s needs and desires when envisioning your perfect yard, and then look critically at what you already have in your yard. What are the permanent fixtures or restrictions? What plants do you want to keep? Prioritize your needs and create a plan. It may help to sketch out your ideas.
Step 3: Less Turf, More Soil! Reducing the amount of turf in your lawn means more money in your pocket because you won’t have to water as much! Add more flower beds instead with SmartScapeTM plants. Try adding large, sweeping curves or pathways to the landscape to make it visually appealing. Adding organic matter is also a key to a solid foundation to help your plants thrive. Compost helps to condition the soil, hold moisture, prevent run-off, reduce erosion, and unlocks nutrients in the soil.
Step 4: Planting! The SmartScape online plant database can help you find additional plants that are well-suited to the North Texas environment. Native plants are naturally drought-tolerant, as well as disease- and pest-resistant. This will reduce your irrigation, fertilizer, and pesticide requirements. When planning your yard or garden, use a wide range of plants and plant with room for their mature size. When planting or transplanting, remember to water the plant, water the hole, and water the plant in the hole.
Step 5: Mulch! Regularly adding mulch to maintain about a 3-inch blanket is a good for beds and around trees. Mulch helps reduce evaporation and cools soils in the summer by up to 10 degrees. It also helps reduce erosion, diseases, and prevents weeds from getting a foothold. Keep in mind that when it comes to trunks or stems, instead of piling mulch up, you should instead lay it down as a in a shallow bowl shape around the trunk.
Step 6: Be Water-Wise! Efficient irrigation will save you a large amount money. The City of Southlake offers a free irrigation audit program, known as W.I.S.E. guys, to the residents of Southlake. A licensed irrigator will come out to your property and inspect your irrigation system for inefficiencies and broken parts. If you choose to get your system repaired, the City will provide you with a rebate of up to $200.
Step 7: Maintenance! Regularity and moderation should guide your maintenance schedule. Avoid excessive pruning as natural beauty softens the landscape. If you chose well-adapted plants for your location, maintenance should be minimal. If you do encounter problems, try cultural, organic, physical, and mechanical means of pest control.
Follow these seven steps to create a work of art in your yard!
March 14-20th, 2016 is designated national Fix a Leak Week, a week aimed at promoting awareness of water waste and what you can do to save water and money!
Did you know that leaky faucets, running toilets, old and worn out plumbing fixtures and faulty irrigation controllers contribute to over 1 trillion gallons of water waste over the course of a year? That much water waste can seriously impact your pocket book!
Fix a Leak Week encourages you to take control of your water use by checking places where leaks typically occur. Families can save thousands of gallons of water yearly by checking on common leaks and in turn, they can save more than 10% on their water bills.
The Fix a Leak Week premise is simple: Take 10 minutes. Check the faucets, toilets, dishwasher and other sources for potential leaks. Take the necessary steps to fix the leaks and help save approximately 10,000 gallons of water in your home annually.
Here are a few helpful tips to get you started:
For additional tips, visit the “Tips and Advice” section of the City’s Water Conservation webpage.
If you’re near Southlake Town Hall the week of March 14th, stop by the lobby on the 2nd floor and enjoy informational displays, handouts, and free items designed to reduce water consumption in your home.
In addition, this year the Public Works Environmental Services division will be hosting an online social media contest for those who learn to fix their own leaks. Tag the City of Southlake in a photo of you fixing a leak with the hashtag #IFixLeaks for a chance to win a free WaterSense labeled showerhead and other prizes!