Five New Ways to Conserve Water at Home

Since 2001, water consumption for an average family of four in Mecklenburg County has gone down from 11 Ccfs (8,228 gallons) per 30-day billing cycle to 7 Ccf's (5,236 gallons) per 30-day billing cycle. We attribute this to increased water conservation measures as well as the installation of more efficient appliances and irrigation systems. So problem... Continue Reading →

Have A High Water Bill? Read This.

September bills with August consumption should start arriving in mailboxes this week. You may be surprised at how much your bill is if you irrigate.  Irrigation can take a 6 ccf (1 ccf=748 gallons) customer to 40 ccf in one month. One sprinkler running for 10 minutes can use up to 170 gallons. Think about how... Continue Reading →

Drought Tolerant Shrubs and Perennials

This is the last in a series of articles about drought resistant plants and xeriscaping from the Mecklenburg County Master Gardeners.  The final two lists of drought tolerant plants include Shrubs and Perennials.  A tip when purchasing plants is to always read the label.  It contains a wealth of information:  mature size, sun/shade/water needs, and... Continue Reading →

Drought Tolerant Flowers and Grasses

This is the third in our series of guest articles from the Mecklenburg County Master Gardeners.  How do you decide which plants to choose that will survive during drought conditions?  There are several plant lists that we have compiled for your convenience.  The first two lists are of N.C. Wildflowers and Grasses.  The final two... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Ways to Conserve Water In Your Garden

This is the second in a series of guest blog articles from the Mecklenburg County Master Gardeners.  Design your landscape creating irrigation zones. By grouping plants together that need very low, low, or moderate amounts of water separately, you will irrigate more efficiently. Place the plants that need the least water furthest away from your... Continue Reading →

Have A Thriving Garden With Less Water

Hi, everyone!  The Mecklenburg County Master Gardeners have been invited by Charlotte Water to provide a short series of blog posts to explore ‘Xeriscaping’ in our gardens and discover which plants are more drought tolerant for the upcoming heat of summer.  (additional articles: Drought Tolerant Flowers and Grasses, Drought Tolerant Shrubs and Perennials, and Top 10 Ways to... Continue Reading →

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September 01, 2015 Drought Status Update

In the beginning of August, Charlotte Water staff were shoring up resources and processes in preparation for escalation to Stage Two in September. Thanks to an increase in rain, see, rain dances really do work, we are still squarely in stage one. WOO HOO! Curious to learn why? Watch this video, then review the information below, released by The... Continue Reading →

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