City of Edmond Water Conservation Classes — Water Conservation

Water Conservation

City of Edmond Water Conservation Classes

Outdoor Water Conservation Classes for the City of Edmond

Kevin Moore, Joshua Campbell, and Justin Moss

The City of Edmond is partnering with the ThinkWater team at Oklahoma State University to provide monthly workshops on outdoor water use efficiency. Kris Neifing, Director of Water Resources, told The Edmond Sun, “in the winter months, water consumption is about 8 million gallons a day and that can peak up to 26 million gallons a day in the summer.” Much of this increase is related to lawn irrigation, which is why Edmond is focused on outdoor water use. Additionally, the population of Edmond has increased 35% in the past 20 years. The city is currently investing over $400 million to upgrade and expand water and wastewater facilities to meet the needs of the growing community.

Workshops will be held in room 207 of the Edmond Downtown Community Center located at 28 E. Main. A broad range of topics will be discussed concerning efficient water use in the landscape. Each presentation will last about an hour. The workshops are free, but pre-registration is requested. Visit http://edmondok.com/1528/2019-Outdoor-Water-Conservation-Classes to register.

Rainwater Harvesting: April 16, 10 am

  • Rainwater can be collected and stored for watering plants in the garden. This class will cover how to properly size and install a rain barrel to collect water from your roof. We will also discuss how to increase the storage capacity of an existing system.

Drought Resistant Plants for Oklahoma: May 16, 3 pm

  • Drought resistant does not mean desert landscape! Oklahoma native and well-adapted plants that require minimal or no supplemental watering will be discussed. Come see some of the beautiful, drought resistant plants that thrive in Oklahoma.

Turfgrass Maintenance and Irrigation: June 13, noon

  • When should you fertilize? How much water does your turfgrass need? How long should you cut your grass? These questions and more will be answered.

Smart Irrigation Month – Home Irrigation Checkup: July 9, 10 am

  • Smart Irrigation Month is an initiative to promote outdoor water use efficiency during peak summer demand. Outdoor water use makes up about 30% of overall water use in the United States, and up to 50% of this water is wasted. During this workshop you will learn how to complete a simple home irrigation checkup to ensure your system is functioning efficiently.

Smart Irrigation Month – Smart Irrigation Technology: July 18, 3 pm

  • Smart irrigation technology can help homeowners to apply the right amount of water to their landscape and maximize system efficiency. The workshop will discuss smart irrigation controllers, soil moisture sensors, rain/freeze sensors, and pressure reducing spray heads.

Dealing with Difficult Shady Areas: August 15, 10 am

  • Shady areas can make it difficult to grow a healthy lawn, but there are many ways to find success in the shade. Common problems and solutions will be addressed, as well as alternatives to traditional turfgrass.

Composting: September 17, 3 pm

  • Compost is a natural, dark brown, humus-rich material formed from the decomposition or breakdown of organic materials such as leaves, grass clippings, and vegetable food scraps. Composting reduces the flow of material to the landfill and provides an excellent source of nutrients for your garden. Procedures for composting will be discussed, along with options for establishing a compost container, bin or pile.

 

 

With passage of House Bill 3055 (The Water for 2060 Act) in 2012, Oklahoma became the first state in the nation to establish a bold, statewide goal of consuming no more fresh water in 2060 than was consumed in 2010.