Through hot summer days in Carson City, watering of plants should be confined to the coolest portions of each day, according to the city’s Public Works Department operations chief.
Curtis Horton said it’s best to avoid the 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. period, which is when lawns can’t be watered. It makes sense to avoid the heat of the day even though, unlike lawn watering, dousing gardens isn’t barred.
“You should not water even your plants in the heat of the day,” he said. “You could water your garden, but the smart thing to do is to water in the cool portion” either mornings or evenings.
He also urged if people wash cars, they use nozzles on hoses, and he reminded people to conserve 10 percent by shortening showers, lawn watering or other such uses by that much voluntarily. Public Works officials in the spring said they weren’t putting on greater restrictions than usual but calling instead for voluntary 10 percent cutbacks in summer water usage.
Horton also issued a reminder about odd-even residential lawn watering. It’s the summer program in which there is no watering on Monday, odd-numbered homes water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays while even-numbered residences water on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. “Every drop counts, and helps us out,” said Horton.