At the moment here in Townsville our the Ross River dam (our main dam) is at only about 22% capacity. We have been under minor water restrictions for as long as I have lived here, only able to water three days a week, which isn’t really much of a restriction. With Townsville’s current water usage, and the usual increase that comes in October and November, we will reach “level 4” water restrictions soon, which means we can only water at night.
I don’t understand why is daytime watering not already banned?
I find it quite surprising how many people water their lawns during the middle of the day under the hot North Queensland sun! We have some neighbours behind us that seem to water their lawn almost every day, despite the water restrictions, and in the middle of the day so most of the water evaporates and isn’t even absorbed by the lawn.
Every web-site that I have read tonight points out that the best watering time are after dusk or before the sun is up, with most preferring the early morning water. Apparently about 40% of the average household water usage is outside usage, and a lot of water can be saved by following even simple water conservation ideas in the garden.
Here are a few links to some sites that can help you with your own water conservation plan for your garden, and can help you to grow a stronger and healthier lawn: