The Nicola watershed is one of the driest regions of British Columbia. All residents and all sectors must practice water conservation and use water wisely. Please do your part to conserve this vital resource.
Water usage and sprinkler regulations are in effect from May 1 to September 30.
Watering is only permitted during the following days and times (and this includes soaker hoses):
If your address is EVEN, you may water on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
If your address is ODD, you may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Non-automatic: 6 am to 8 am and 7 pm to 10 pm
Automatic sprinklers: midnight to 5 am
Hand watering is permitted anytime with a sprinkler can or controlled flow nozzle (even when washing the car).
Visit the City of Merritt’s web site for more information.
10 litres (3 gal) each day
150 litres (40 gal) for a 10 minute shower
At least 75 litres (20 gal) for each bath
100 litres (30 gal) per person each day.
Toilets account for 43% of daily indoor water consumption.
170 litres (45 gal) each time you wash
20 litres (5 gal) a day
60 litres (15 gal) each load
Over 1,300 litres (350 gal) each day
550 litres (150 gal) each time
Over 500 litres (130 gal)
In the Bathroom
In the Kitchen & Laundry
At least 50% of all the water we use is for the yard and garden. Simple steps can save a lot of water! By simply not watering the driveway and pavement, we can save nearly 2,000 litres (530 gal) of water each month. Water wisely – position sprinklers so that lawns and gardens receive all the water.
Do You Need to Water?
How to Know If Your Grass Needs Watering
Rethink Your Landscaping
Fertilizing the Lawn
Grass needs three types of nutrients:
Fertilizers are either natural or chemical. Consider using COMPOST as an alternative to chemical fertilizer.
Aerating & Controlling Thatch
Benefits of aeration - Minimizes thatch and allows better flow of water, air and nutrients to roots.
When to aerate - When the ground is hard and compact or when thatch has built up.
What is thatch - A layer of dead grass and roots between lawn and soil surface. Thatch over ½” thick prevents water, air, and nutrients from reaching roots and houses harmful insects and diseases. Excessive watering, over fertilizing, and heavy pesticide use can kill microorganisms that are beneficial for thatch control.
How to remove thatch - Machine removal first, then rake and remove dead grass. Minimize thatch by mowing frequently, watering properly, and using proper fertilization techniques.
Aerating with removal - Removes cores of soil or slices the soil to help water, air and nutrients get to the roots. Allows microorganisms to go higher and helps break down thatch and reduce soil compaction.
When to de-thatch / aerate - Spring or fall.
Dormancy - Occurs with lack of water, and turns lawn brown. Lawn can stay in this state for up to six weeks before permanent damage occurs.
Need to water - Water when you cannot see footprints on lawn or when grass changes colour.
How much to water - 1-1 ½” per week. Amount differs according to soil type and vegetative area. The Merritt area soil has a high clay content which makes it harder to irrigate efficiently. Watch water absorption and reset sprinklers to apply smaller amounts of water over shorter cycles.
When to water - Water according to NEED. Allow grass to dry between watering to encourage deeper roots. Excessive watering leads to buildup of thatch, fertilizer leaching, weeds, and reduced uptake of oxygen and nutrients.
What time of day to water - Early morning because:
If everyone in Merritt follows these water use tips we can reduce our water consumption by 10%. Come on, give it a try!
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