The City adopted a water conservation plan to manage water resources and plan for drought contingencies.
Participate In Conservation Efforts
- Make your pledge to conserve more water as part of the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation
- Choose WaterSense labeled products.
Reduce Your Water Use
In the summer months, more than 70 percent of the water delivered to Olathe households and businesses is used for watering lawns. Think WOW: Wise Outdoor Watering. You can reduce your outdoor water use with a few easy steps:
- Select the right trees, shrubs, and grasses. Plant drought-tolerant bushes, trees and grasses, or plants that are native (naturally found) in the area. They will do well with the amount of rain that normally falls.
- Condition your soil. Of all the improvements that can be made to soil to help conserve water, adding organic matter, such as compost, is by far the most important. As an Olathe resident, you can pick up Free Compost when it's available.
- Mulch! Mulch conserves moisture, keeps weeds under control, and maintains a cool soil. All of which help save water. As an Olathe resident, you can pick up Free Compost.
- Water efficiently. Heat and wind cause water to evaporate. Avoid watering on windy days and water in the morning or evening to avoid excess evaporation. Avoid watering sidewalks, patios, and driveways. Consider using a soaker hose to water more efficiently.
- Cut it high and let it lie. Set your mower blade higher and allow your grass clippings to decompose on your lawn. Grass clippings are about 90 percent water, so they decompose quickly and return valuable nutrients to the soil.
- Obtain a water controller for your irrigation system. A properly programmed water controller, that can handle diverse landscape and weather situations, helps to minimize your water use.