What actions can I take to reduce my outdoor watering?

Outdoor watering is most efficient between 5pm and 9am. Sunlight significantly increases evaporation, meaning that water that was intended to reach your lawn is lost to the air. Dover recommends outdoor watering between the hours of 5am-7am to maximize uptake and limit the amount of residual surface moisture, which can leave your plants susceptible to mold.

You can also mow your lawn at a taller height, plant native shrubs and trees, use drip irrigation, and use a rain barrel to collect water (available at the Dover Transfer Station and at the Dover Town Garage).

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1. What authority does the Town of Dover have to implement and enforce water use restrictions?
2. How does Dover determine when to recommend special water conservation actions?
3. How do I find out information about the present level of recommended water conservation actions?
4. What are the drought levels used by the Massachusetts Drought Management Task Force and what do the levels mean?
5. It just rained X inches this weekend. How can we still be in a drought?
6. Why is outdoor water conservation focused on irrigation systems?
7. What features should a lawn irrigation have in order to reduce unnecessary water usage?
8. What actions can I take to reduce my outdoor watering?
9. What about watering new lawns and landscaping?
10. What can I do to conserve water indoors?