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.
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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
Storm debris pick-up to begin September 3
Storm debris clean-up for Oklahoma City residents that sustained tree or limb damage from the Aug. 26 storm will begin on Tuesday, September 3.
All residents need to set out their storm-related debris at the curb so it will be ready when crews come by. Tree limbs should be cut into sections 10-feet or shorter, and placed on the curb separately from regular bulky trash such as such as furniture, carpet, fencing and appliances.
Bulky fees and early set-out warnings have been waived for residential tree and landscape debris for the month of September.
Neighborhoods hardest hit have been designated as special storm debris areas. Crews will make two sweeps of these areas during the month of September, which will allow residents time to get excess debris to the curb if they are missed during the first pass.
Find a map of the designated storm debris areas here.
The City is hosting a FREE landfill day for all Oklahoma City water or trash customers on Saturday, September 7. Residents who want to get a jump on their storm debris are welcome to participate. A current OKC water or trash bill is required, and all bulky waste rules apply. Click here more information on the free landfill day.
Residents may experience delays in bulky service this month due to the higher-than-normal waste volumes.
Commercial properties – including businesses, churches, schools, nonprofits and other organizations – are not eligible for curbside pickup by the City and are responsible for their own debris collection.
Call Utilities Customer Service at (405) 297-2833 for questions and details.
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 their $22.65 monthly charge. But many residents need more space. You can add a third - or even fourth - Big Blue cart for just $2.25 per month, per cart.
Having an extra cart can:
- cut down on messes from bags that get torn open;
- help get trash to the curb since the carts have wheels;
- helps neighborhoods look neat and clean;
- helps keep trash contained and away from animals, or windy weather.
A $15 processing fee may be incurred if the cart is returned within the first three months.
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