What are the most significant ways to eliminate excessive water consumption?

The two most important areas for customers to analyze are lawn/landscape irrigation practices and the home maintenance routines, which are aimed at preventing toilet and faucet leaks.

Tips for efficient lawn and landscape irrigation are as follows:

  • To minimize evaporation, water lawns between midnight and 5 a.m. during the hottest summer months.
  • Utilize sprinkler rain shutoff devices to avoid unnecessary watering.
  • Review sprinkler manufacturer specifications for gallons per minute usage in order to establish irrigation guidelines within your household budget for water consumption.
  • Irrigate lawns for a maximum of 20 minutes per zone every other day during drought periods and much less for landscape beds. Frequent over watering can actually be detrimental to your lawn and landscapes.
  • Be observant for breaks in underground lines or sprinkler heads that may contribute to a system leak.
  • Mow your grass at a height of approximately three inches or higher and use a mulching blade so that the clippings act as a natural fertilizer and also hold in moisture.
  • Use a larger part of your yard for landscape beds as opposed to lawn area. Landscape beds require far less irrigation than lawns.
  • Use plenty of mulch in your landscape beds to hold in moisture and plant deep-rooted flowers and shrubs that are more drought resistant.
  • Follow the voluntary odd-even date watering system. Residents with odd numbered addresses are asked to water outdoors only on the odd numbered calendar dates, while homeowners with even numbered addresses should limit outdoor water use to even numbered calendar dates. Use the last number in your address to determine if you have an even or odd numbered address. Water during the non-peak hours of midnight through 5 a.m.

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1. How is water and sewer service funded in Sterling Heights?
2. What are the costs associated with water and sewer service?
3. What are the reasons for the recent rate structure change?
4. How did the City come up with the new rate structure and why?
5. What are the features of the new rate structure for water and sewer service?
6. What are the benefits to the customer of the rate changes?
7. How do water and sewer rates in Sterling Heights compare to other cities in Macomb County?
8. Where is my water meter? Isn’t it that plastic box on the outside of my house?
9. My consumption is high. Could the meter be running fast, or was there an error in the reading?
10. How will automated meter reading benefit customers?
11. How can I expect my bill to change as a result of the new rate structure?
12. How do water and sewer bills compare to other household utility costs?
13. How much does it cost to perform basic water-using activities in my home?
14. What happens if I don’t pay my water bill? Will my water be shut off?
15. I’m selling my house and have been told that I need to get a final water bill. How do I go about this?
16. My water bill is much higher than normal. Why?
17. My neighbors have the same number of people and water their lawn as much as I do. How come my bill is higher?
18. Where can I get information on the water consumption history for my account?
19. If I pay my water bill online with my credit card, are there any additional credit card processing fees that I have to pay?
20. I tried to make a payment online, but was denied access to the payment screen. What should I do now?
21. What are the most significant ways to eliminate excessive water consumption?
22. What are some useful home maintenance ideas?