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L A N G L E Y A D V A N C E | Thursday, July 21, 2011 |

Watering wisdom growing Teaching the importance of groundwater, with practical information on protecting drinking water is the Water Wise goal. Langley Township’s Water Wise program, part of its Water Resources Management Strategy, is encouraging people to limit lawn watering to “one hour or one inch” per week – or even better, to stop watering altogether and let grass “go golden.” “Water use typically doubles in the summer,” said Ashley Aune of Water Wise. “There are many uses that contribute to this increase, but lawn watering accounts for a lot of it. It is estimated that an hours’ worth of sprinkling uses up 1,300 litres of water.” Although it has been rainy and wet this spring and summer, the water in aquifers and reservoirs can quickly disappear when the weather turns hot and consumption peaks. “Reservoirs can only hold so much water, and it takes 10 to 15 years to recharge a [depleted] aquifer,” Aune explained. Each summer, the Township teams up with the Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS), through Water Wise, to deliver education and

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WaterWise staff and volunteers will be going door-to-door in Murrayville this summer to educate residents about ways to conserve water while keeping yards and gardens healthy. advice to residents’ doors. Last year, Water Wise completed its information program in the Walnut Grove area, with 1,130 residents taking the Water Conservation Challenge. This summer, Water Wise is in Murrayville, visiting 1,700 single-family homes to offer “the Challenge,” along with information about how to conserve water and protect the Township’s groundwater resource. Water Wise staff will revisit homes if residents are not home the first time around. They and the volunteers will be easily identified by their program T-shirts and identification. Residents who take the

Challenge will be given a sign to place on their lawn, and those who choose to forego watering altogether will be recognized with gold stickers on their signs. Those who opt to water minimally are encouraged to use tools like rain gauges and hose timers to help them meet the “one inch or one hour” per week goal. Metro Vancouver has changed its sprinkling regulations this year: even-numbered addresses may sprinkle on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, 4-9 a.m., while odd-numbered addresses may do so on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, 4-9 a.m.

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Langley Advance July 21 2011  

Langley Advance July 21 2011