In the arid west conserving our water resources is a top priority. The Big Wood River is the heart of our local watershed. Rivers, streams, springs and groundwater are essential for the survival of our daily lives, fish, wildlife, and our local recreational economy. Ninety-five percent of Idaho’s drinking water is groundwater. Our Valley uses more water on average than other Idaho communities. This is due to consumptive uses such as drinking water and lawn irrigation. It is time we become Water Wise!
Download the Water-Wise brochure as a pdf.
What You Can Do:
Be a Water-Wise Gardener
Xeriscaping is an effective way to minimize your water usage. It includes the use
of drought tolerant plants and landscaping techniques in order to conserve water.
Please refer to our Xeriscape Gardening brochure for more information.
Deep and less frequent watering creates deeper, stronger roots. In this arid climate, it is critical to be aware of evaporative water loss. Watering in the early morning or evening will lessen this loss. Timers are useful if you don’t have a sprinkler system; they connect to the hose faucet and are about $15. Make sure to mulch your garden. It restricts evaporative loss, keeps roots cool, and minimizes weed growth. Proper maintenance of your irrigation system is essential to avoid leaks, so check it every spring.
A Note to Riverfront Property Owners
A common mistake made by riverfront property owners is the removal of native
riparian plants from their yard. These areas provide essential habitat to a variety
of animals, slow flooding, prevent erosion and maintain water quality through
filtration. Keep native riparian plants! Ask staff for plant recommendations if
restoring your property.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth, shaving and lathering your hands.
- Only run the dishwasher and washing machine when they are completely full.
- Fill up your sink with water and soap if washing your dishes by hand.
- Take quick showers.
- Don’t wait for cold water to run. Fill up a pitcher and put it in your refrigerator.
- Purchase aerators for your faucets.
- Collect water from your gutters in a bucket to water plants.
- Discard chemicals at a certified disposal site.
- Educate others about water conservation.