March is “World Water” Month

In 2010, the UN recognized “the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.” This month, we’re celebrating water by pledging to do our part to reduce runoff on our own properties. 

 

March Actions:

Runoff Pollution in Hawaii

1. Turn off your hose when not in use

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Did you know a 1/2-inch garden hose delivers about 9 gallons of water per minute? That's a lot of wasted water!

3.Adjust your downspouts

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Make sure your downspouts enter out into grassy areas to prevent rainwater runoff. Simple adjustments greatly reduce runoff from roofs and rain gutters.

2. Use a broom to clean your driveway (not a hose)

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Instead of using water from a hose to clean your driveways, consider sweeping debris away with a broom.

4. Water in the mornings or evenings, avoid midday

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The best time of day to water is early morning before the temperatures begin to rise. This gives the plants a good supply of water to face the heat of the day AND you won't lose a lot of water to evaporation!

Pledge to Reduce Water Use and Receive a Thank-you discount from Kaka'ako Kasuals!

 
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Did you know that you can reduce your water use further by planting native, heat-resistant plants?

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Additional Information:

 

Stay safe!

Most of the March actions you can take to reduce runoff can be done at home while your maintain your lawn and garden during this time of social distancing. If you are interested in installing and setting up a rain sensor, you can pick one up at the curbside pickup at places like Home Depot and Urban Garden.

 

Stay safe and healthy!

Additional Resources:

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Check out the Halawa Xeriscape Garden for ideas!

You can also encourage your plants to grow deeper, drought resistant root systems by using longer, less frequent watering times. Great for the Hawaii summer!

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