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Monitor Your Water Use 2018

Monitor Your Water Use 

 

Save money and water by monitoring your water use through our new customer portal.  See daily usage, set monthly goals, receive alerts, compare to your neighbor and more.  Click HERE to sign up. 

 Water Use Portal 

 The city recently upgraded the water meter reading system, which now offers residents the ability to access their water usage data online.  

This new feature allows residents to monitor their water usage and conserve water.  The city is offering a one-time$20 utility bill rebate to residents who sign up on the customer portal and enter a water usage goal.  

The online water customer portal easily allows residents to: 

  • view hourly, daily, monthly and annual water usage. 
  • Set water usage goals and receive email or text message alerts notifying residents when usage is getting close to goal.  
  • View water usage compared to neighbors.  
 
To sign up, have your utility account number and water meter number ready.  This information can be found on your water bill, or by calling the City at 801-446-HELP. 
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Are You Ready for Spring?

After dealing with so much snow and cold I think we are all ready for spring.  Winter is about over and that magical time of year is just around the corner.  What things do you need to do before it arrives?  Early March can be a hard to predict season.  Often times plants, flower beds and grass are still covered with snow and the cold air can still be bitter.  What things can you do to prepare for spring?    

Some early spring cleanup tasks are sure things this time of year. So go ahead and remove burlap from trees and shrubs as the weather warms. Prune away winter-killed branches to make room for new growth. Cut back spent perennials and pull up old annuals if you didn't get around to it last fall.  Take advantage of any warm days to analyze your yard and see if it's time to thin out flower beds, remove old mulch, clean up dead leaves and so on.  Here are a few things you can focus on.

 

1.  Trees and Shrubs

Where tree or shrub branches have been damaged by cold, snow, and wind, prune back to live stems; use a handsaw for any larger than ½ inch in diameter. Shaping hedges with hand pruners, rather than electric shears, prevents a thick outer layer of growth that prohibits sunlight and air from reaching the shrub's center.  Prune summer-flowering shrubs, but wait to prune spring bloomers, until after they flower.  This time of year is a great time to get some basic spring yard maintenance done. Then, as temperatures warm up, you'll be in better shape for seeding and planting.  

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2.  Beds and Borders

Rake out fallen leaves and dead foliage (which can smother plants and foster disease), pull up spent annuals, and toss in a wheelbarrow with other organic yard waste such as weeds.  Remove old mulch to provide space for a new layer once the planting season has begun and the cold weather has moved out for good. Trim over hanging plants and shape them back into the flower beds and borders.  Dig them up and replant if necessary, making sure you tamp the dirt around their roots.  Now is a good time to spread fertilizer on the soil's surface so that spring rains can carry it to the roots. Add a 5-10-10 fertilizer around bulbs as soon as they flower to maximize bloom time and feed next season's growth.  Trim overgrown grass around curbing and borders to prevent grass from overtaking your edges.

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3.  Prep Lawn and Repair Damaged Areas 

In colder climates grass starts growing in April, but early spring is a good time to test the soil's pH so that you can assemble the right amendments. Remove turf damaged by salt, plows, or disease to prepare for the seeding or re-sodding that should follow in a few weeks. Work in a ½-inch layer of compost to keep the new seed or sod moist, increasing the germination rate. Begin seeding or sodding once plants start blooming in your area. In warmer climates, March is a good time to add the first dose of fertilizer and crabgrass treatment so the spring rain can carry the nutrients through the roots.

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 4.  Irrigation Repair and Install

 March is a great time to work on your irrigation system.  In most cases it has not been fired up yet and the water from last season has drained throughout the winter.  Take advantage of this time to make changes or additions to your system.  Inspect your valves, pipes and heads for breaks or leaks and repair those as necessary.  Another great thing to do is add drip system watering to your flower beds.  This reduces your water use significantly compared to a spray head and it will actually water your plants more efficiently.  Adjust your clocks and get them ready for early spring watering.  It is important to keep an eye on the weather so you are not watering during forecasted rain.  This technique also helps save water.    

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Hopefully these few tips are helpful to you as you take on the task of getting your yard ready for spring.  There is lots to do when the sun comes out and winter goes away.  These few items will help you get caught up and prepared for the spring and summer season.  If you have any questions regarding the above items or if you would like to know more about our drip system program, contact Jordan Allen at 801-253-5203 and I would be more than happy to answer them for you.  Have a great spring.  

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10 Drought-Tolerant Shrubs That Thrive in Full Sun and Reflected Heat

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Native Plants 101

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How to Install a Rain Barrel

Just think — with 1 inch of rain, you can collect more than 600 gallons of water for every 1,000 square feet of roof area. Water that otherwise would drain into storm drains and pipes can be used to water your garden. It takes no more than an afternoon, a few materials and some basic DIY skills to install a backyard rain barrel. Follow along as Evan Marks, founder and executive director of the nonprofit The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano, California, shows how.

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Spring Landscape Checklist

Spring Landscape Checklist

1. Prep beds and garden. Remove winter mulch or work it into the soil if it has been well composted. Work in some new mulch if needed from fall leaves or even well-rotted manure.

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2. Prune. Prune trees if they were not done in the winter. Make sure you prune branches before they begin to bud to avoid stress. For more tips on pruning visit https://www.arborday.org/trees/pruning/

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3. Mow and fertilize the lawn. Start the season with a fresh cut lawn and mulch the clippings to start the season off right. Also apply a pre-emergent fertilizer to ensure a healthy lawn that will last throughout the summer.

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4. Landscape checkup. Make sure you give your entire landscape a good checkup and look for signs of wear on decks and hard surfaces that can become hazards. Look for signs of poor drainage in your yard as well that can cause problems when the spring rain comes.

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5. Check your sprinkling system. Each year people forget to winterize their system which can leave broken pipes and an inefficient system. Make sure you check each zone and make repairs and adjustments as needed.

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6. Start your seeds indoors. There may still be some cold weather and damaging frost so start some of those early seeds inside.

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7. Plant some vegetables now. Potatoes, lettuce, onions, and other hardy veggies do well when started in cold weather so don’t wait too long.

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8. Get your planting plan set. As your go through your landscape look for what it still needs and what to fill in those empty spots. Visit Jordan Valley Garden Park for ideas and don’t forget to take advantage of our Water-Wise Plant rebate. http://www.watersmartsojo.org/rebates.php

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6 Things to Know Before You Start Growing Your Own Food

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Get a Head Start on Planning Your Garden, Even if it's Snowing

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How to Switch to a Tankless Water Heater

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Are You Ready For Winter?

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Are You Ready for Winter?

Every year freezing temperatures and snow bring problems to homeowners throughout South Jordan City. Follow these simple tips to avoid the pains of cold weather:

1. Each year when we have freezing temperatures some people wake up to no water and frozen pipes. To keep your pipes from freezing follow these simple steps. First, make sure the main water line entering your house is not between the foundation and the insulation and is exposed to open air in your basement. Second, keep an eye on the temperature. When temperatures drop below zero consider leaving a faucet dripping. Moving water has a harder time freezing so even a little movement can keep your pipes clear. However, if you do find yourself without water do not hesitate to contact the South Jordan City water department at 801-253-5230 or for afterhours emergencies call 801-840-4000.

2. Remove your hoses. Make sure that you disconnect your hose from the hose bib to prevent it from freezing. Also look at picking up an insulated hose bib cover to further protect your pipes from freezing.

3. Clear your gutters. Heavy snow and ice can build up in clogged rain gutters causing them to fall or ice over. Take a few minutes before the snow falls to clear out leaves and other debris to make sure your gutters work well all winter long.

4. Wrap your water heater. As the temperatures drop so does your water heater efficiency. Consider purchasing a water heater blanket designed to keep heat in and the cold away. These blankets can keep energy costs down and increase the life of your water heater by not overworking it during the winter.

5. Get your snow tools ready. Don’t wait until after the first snow storm to look for your shovel and ice melt. Waiting until the snow storm to realize you need a new shovel can leave you with few options as supplies may be limited. Also, remember to park cars off the street during a snow storm to make room for the snow plows.

6. Stop drafty doors. It’s a good time to check the weather stripping around doors and pick up a few draft stoppers. According to ThermWiseÒ energy saving tips, new weather stripping can save $37 to $56 annually.

7. Have your furnace checked. While furnaces need relatively little maintenance it’s good to get them serviced at least once a year by a certified technician. This inspection can ensure safety throughout the winter and stop problems before they become hazardous. Don’t forget to change the filter to keep your furnace running smooth.

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