As the city of Saskatoon sees water use double during the summer, its advising the public to use good watering habits when it comes to lawn and garden care as these high levels of use “places large demands on the City’s Water Treatment Plant.”
The City is advising the public to avoid watering during hot or windy times during the day as watering plants early in the day can cause less evaporation.
When using sprinklers city’s are advising the public to use “the tuna can test,” when running sprinklers which involves placing a tuna can in the spray and time how long it takes to fill it with water. Once that time is determined, run sprinklers for that length once a week.
The public should also check sprinkler systems regularly for broken or misdirected sprinklers. A rain barrel can also be used to collect water for watering plants and gardens.
While washing the car, use a bucket of water instead of a flowing hose and when cleaning the driveway a broom works just as well as a hose, but saves roughly 200 litres of water.