Maintain landscape mulch to save water
Adding a 2-3 inch layer of mulch in flowerbeds, vegetable gardens and around trees and shrubs is an easy way to save water and protects plants from summertime temperature changes. Organic mulches such as wood chips decompose and add much-needed organic matter to the soil. Avoid mounding mulch around plants and trees, which can cause trunk rot. Replace mulch as it breaks down to keep saving water all year round. SqueezeEveryDrop.com for details.
Take a few minutes to check your sprinklers
As the warm weather comes on, so do sprinkler systems. Keep your sprinklers in shape by doing a simple checkup this season. Turn on the system and look for broken heads, misting or sprinklers watering the streets. Make a note and get problems fixed to save water all year long.
Visit our Water Conservation Video Series for simple solutions to common irrigation problems.
Save even more
Thinking about redesigning your landscape? Add water-wise and Oklahoma native plants instead of
cool-season grasses such as tall fescue. Drought-tolerant plants are attractive and require less water and maintenance. Black-Eyed Susan and Blanket Flower attract butterflies to the garden. Russian Sage and Yucca provide unique texture. Catmint and Rosemary introduce fragrant foliage to the landscape.
For more Oklahoma-appropriate plants go to SqueezeEveryDrop.com
News & Alerts
The 2016 Customer Confidence Report is available for your review.
The annual Consumer Confidence Report shows how Oklahoma City’s drinking water stacks up against stringent federal and state water standards and provides details about the source and quality of your water.
Too much trash? Order extra Big Blue carts for $2.25 per month
Each Oklahoma City trash and recycling service customer gets two 96-gallon Big Blue trash carts included in the $21.14 monthly charge for solid waste collection. But many residents need more space for trash. Adding an additional Big Blue cart for $2.25 per month, or two extra carts for $4.50 per month, gives residents more space for trash each week.
Using extra carts instead of regular trash bags for additional waste has many benefits:
- it eliminates messes from bags that get torn open;
- it’s easier to wheel all trash to the curb instead of carrying or dragging heavy bags;
- it keeps the appearance of your neighborhood neat and clean;
- and it protects the trash from animals and from blowing out of an over-stuffed Big Blue with an open lid.
For details or to order an extra Big Blue cart, call Utilities Customer Service at (405) 297-2833.
Keep contact information up to date.
You can do so online at: https://myutilities.okc.gov/ Log in then click on Update my Info. Or register if you don’t have an account. The Utilities Department staff will only use your information to contact you by phone, text or email for events, such as:
- Emergency water main breaks, pipeline repairs or projects under way
- Major residential street closures due to work in the street
- Storm debris set out instructions
- Revisions in solid waste collection services