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Watering & Weather Information

Watering Information
October 11th – October 17th

Local weather data combined with plant water needs are used to develop a general watering guide to assist the community with scheduling their sprinklers throughout the summer months. Questions? Contact Water Conservation at 541-630-0587.

  Watering Recommendations for the week of 10/11- 10/17
Weekly Overview:  With snow levels dropping, rain in the forecast and frost advisories you may find that now is an appropriate time to start shutting down your system.  If you must water, then consider only watering once this week. Lower temperatures combined with shorter days and a little rain have also decreased plant water needs. Remember to turn off sprinklers when it’s raining. If no rain is received, then please refer to the sprinkling guide below for landscape watering recommendations for the week of October 11th.  
Weekly Watering Need = 0.40 inches/week for lawn and 0.16 inches per week for water wise plants.  To apply this amount of water, follow the sample watering guide below. 
The following watering times are based on weekly water need for areas in full sun. Decrease these times by 20% for areas that are in shade.
Lawn Watering with Sprays or Rotors:
Standard pop- up sprays = 10-16 minutes for the week
Standard rotating sprinklers = 20-34 minutes for the week
Multi-Stream Rotors (aka MP Rotators) = 30-60 minutes for the week

Shrub Watering with Sprays or Rotors:
Standard pop-up sprays = 5-8 minutes for the week
Standard rotating sprinklers = 10-17 minutes for the week
Multi-Stream Rotors (aka MP Rotators) = 48 minutes for the week
Shrub Watering with Drip & Micro-sprays:
Low Volume Drip System = 20 - 40 minutes per week
Micro-Sprays & Bubblers = 20 – 30 minutes for the week

NOAA Weather for October 11th – October 17th: 
Areas of fog between 8am and 9am. Widespread frost, mainly before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 59. Calm wind becoming north northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night
Rain likely, mainly after 11pm. Snow level 4100 feet rising to 5400 feet after midnight. Increasing clouds, with a low around 37. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
A 30 percent chance of rain before 11am. Patchy fog between 9am and 11am. Snow level 4700 feet. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night
Patchy fog after 2am. Areas of frost after 1am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 30. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Areas of frost before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 62.
Thursday Night
Areas of frost after 3am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 35.
Areas of frost before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 69.
Friday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 38.
Sunny, with a high near 72.
Saturday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.

Seven Ways to Save
Stop leaks. Check all water-using appliances, equipment, and other devices for leaks. Running toilets, steady faucet drips, home water treatment units, and outdoor sprinkler systems are common sources of leaks.
Provide only the water plants need. Automatic landscape irrigation systems are a home's biggest water user. To make sure you are not overwatering, adjust your irrigation controller at least once a month to account for changes in the weather.

Install a 
WaterSense labeled irrigation controller, which uses local weather and landscape conditions to water only when plants need it. Install a rain shutoff device, or soil moisture sensor, to further control irrigation. Rebate available! Learn about our Smart Irrigation Controller Rebate Program here.
Plant the right plants. Whether you are installing a new landscape or changing the existing one, select plants that are appropriate for your climate. Consider landscaping techniques designed to create a visually attractive landscape by using low-water and drought-resistant grass, plants, shrubs, and trees. Check out the Lawn Replacement Program here.

Our Water Wise Landscaping website highlights water-wise gardening concepts tailored to the climate of Ashland and includes hundreds of diverse photos providing a wide variety of attractive examples.
Schedule a Free Sprinkler Evaluation. Ashland offers free sprinkler system evaluations to help you use water efficiently in the landscape. Click here to learn more.
Replace old toilets. The major water use inside the home is toilet flushing. If your home was built before 1992 and you haven't replaced your toilets recently, you could benefit from installing a WaterSense labeled model that uses 1.28 gallons or less per flush. A family of four can save up to 16,000 gallons (2,139 cubic feet) of water per year by making this change. Rebate available! Find out more about our Toilet Rebate Program here.
Install WaterSense labeled faucet aerators and showerheads. WaterSense labeled products use at least 20 percent less water than standard models, while providing equal or superior performance.

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