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As heat moves in, Bend urges wise water use


Weather forecasts predict temperatures to reach or exceed 90 degrees this week in Central Oregon. In response, the city of Bend is encouraging all residents to use water wisely as temperatures increase in coming days and weeks and water use increases.

Residents are urged to focus their attention on outdoor water use this time of year.

“The majority of residential water use occurs outside the home,” said Mike Buettner, Water Conservation Program Manager for the city. “This is largely due to water intensive landscapes and poorly adjusted or maintained irrigation systems. Now is the time to make sure your irrigation system is free of leaks, runoff and overspray and to ensure you’re following the City’s approved irrigation hours.”

Bend water customers can also schedule an irrigation inspection through the City’s Sprinkler Inspection Program by contacting the City of Bend Utility Department at541-317-3000(option #2) or through email

Residents are also encouraged to learn more about irrigation products that improve efficiency.

“Smart irrigation controllers have been around for a while now and are reasonably priced. We now also have low precipitation rate sprinkler nozzles, pressure regulating sprinklers, and drip irrigation systems. All of these help us use water wisely,” said Buettner.

Steps to reduce water use during the growing season include:

Inspect for irrigation system leaks, runoff and overspray

Follow to the City’s irrigation hours and even/odd days

Ensure irrigation is only delivered when plants need it

Convert landscape irrigation to drip where possible

Convert high water turf landscape to a low water type

Ask a professional landscape or irrigation contractor to increase your landscape water efficiency.

Visitwww.waterwisetips.orgfor more information on how to save water in the landscape and at home.

Have questions about your irrigation system? Contact the City of Bend Utility Department by phone at541-317-3000or by email

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