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Hayden Lake Irrigation District


  • Water every other day to avoid high water bills.
  • Know your sprinkler system. Keep in mind, one sprinkler head can use up to 5 gallons per minute, depending on how it is set. If  you have multiple heads and many zones, water use will add up quick. Know and control your sprinklers.
  • Water in the early mornings or later evenings. Avoid watering in direct sunlight. Watering during the hottest hours of the day can result in the water evaporating.
  • If you have bushes, shrubs or trees that require watering, consider an irrigation drip. This uses less water and applies the water directly to the roots where it is needed the most.
  • A rain barrel is always a great way to conserve water. The water you accumulate can be used for your landscaping. Since the water is stagnate, keep the barrel covered to prevent bugs and debris from contaminating your water.
  • Layering your mulch is a great way to keep the moisture in your soil, requiring less watering.
  • Cut back on your shower time. If you cut back your time in the shower by 3 to 5 minutes, you could be saving on average 150 gallons per month.
  • Keep the District’s easements clear. There is a 10 diameter easement around the District water meter. If you have a waterline on your property, know how big your easement is. The standard easement along a waterline is 10 feet on both sides of the waterline, for a total of a 20 foot easement. The easement could be bigger, depending on the size of waterline. The planting of trees, shrubs and bushes in any easement is strictly prohibited. The building of sheds, carports or any other solid structure in an easement is also prohibited. Avoid the financial cost of removing landscaping or buildings later by simply avoiding the District easements now.