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Water Smart, Southlake

The Water Smart, Southlake newsletter provides helpful tips and advice on all things related to watering smart.  Every week, the newsletter explores topics relevant to responsible water use what you can do to save water and save money and what the City is doing to help you save money.  

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May 02

Are You Summer Ready?

Posted on May 2, 2016 at 4:18 PM by Blake Williams

Save Southlake Water

Monday, May 2, 2016

Are You Summer Ready?

It may be rainy season now, but those hot summer months are just around the corner! Make sure you’re ready to “Save Southlake Water” by following along with the events, information, and recommendations we have for you and your household!

A Quick Landscaping Tip for You

Did you know that it is better for your lawn, shrubs, and trees to water less frequently?  Your lawn and plants benefit from being watered deeply, with more time between each cycle.  It is best to simulate a slow, deep, soaking rain when you are watering.  Set up your sprinkler system to run multiple cycles in a single day, then wait as long as possible before you water again.  This will train your lawn, shrubs, and trees to grow deeper roots and absorb more water from each rainfall or watering cycle.

If you haven’t tried the W.I.S.E. Guys irrigation program yet, this may be a good way to get started. Click here to learn more.

Lawn Care Myths

Myth #1: Grass cut as short as possible is best.

Fact: We know that cutting your grass short means longer time periods between mowing, but there are actually many issues with doing this. You can stunt blade growth, your grass will become more prone to insects, fungus, and drought, and weeds will gain a stronger foothold. Lawns kept at a height of 3-4 inches have been shown to strengthen the yard, double root mass, and need less water on a consistent basis.

Rule of thumb: Only mow off the top ? of your grass.

Stay tuned for Myth #2 next week!

Weekly Watering Advice

Southlake has received plenty of rainfall lately, and with more in the forecast this week, your lawn will have plenty of water to remain healthy! Our recommendation this week remains for you to not water your lawn, as the ground is still moist from last week. However, if the forecasted rain does not occur, you may consider watering 0.25” late in the week. To learn more about where we get this recommendation, check out Save Tarrant Water.

If you do operate your sprinkler system this week, please remember to follow your watering schedule from midnight to 10am or from 6pm to midnight.

Water Use Stats

The average daily water use per person (GPCD) in Southlake this past week was 186 GPCD, and the previous week was 167. GPCD is defined as the total number of gallons used by the city divided by the population.

My Water Bill

Did you know that you now have the choice to pay your utility bill by phone? This new interactive voice response option can be reached at 855-385-8432. There is no additional charge for this convenient service.

In addition to phone payments, the office now accepts credit card payments.  This convenient option is free of charge and will save you a check.  

Contact Us

Have questions about water? We are here to help.

For billing questions call Customer Service at 817-748-8051.

For questions about water pressure or funny tastes and odors call Public Works at 817-748-8081.

For questions about water conservation programs, landscape irrigation, or about this blog call Environmental Services at 817-748-8638.