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.
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News & Alerts
Like you, staff with the Oklahoma City Utilities Department are keeping a close eye on the COVID-19 pandemic, and its effects on our community. We are working closely with City and State officials, as well as experts with the City-County Health Department, to ensure a swift response in this ever-changing situation.
Here is how we are responding:
The Utilities Department has stopped all water service cut-offs to residential customers for a minimal period of 30 days. Customers who have been disconnected for non-payment may call (405) 297-2833 to have their service turned back on. Staff will also contact customers to restore water service. The customer, or a person they designate, must be present at the home when staff arrives to turn water back on. We will update customers on any changes as the need arises.
Unless the situation changes, all trash, recycling and bulky waste pickup will continue uninterrupted. Please be sure all of your trash is bagged and contained in your Big Blue cart. Items for recycling should remain loose and un-bagged, but properly contained in your Big Green cart, as always. Make sure to always set out your trash and recycling by 6 a.m. on your designated pick-up day to ensure timely service.
Oklahoma City follows all mandatory guidelines for clean and safe drinking water as set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. At this time, there is no risk of a contamination of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Oklahoma City's drinking water, and any contamination would be easily mitigated through standard treatment methods. You can read more about COVID-19 as it relates to drinking water at the EPA website.
Water Conservation Workshops - Cancellations
"Fix A Leak" Workshop, March 16 - Cancelled
"Fix A Leak" Workshop, March 18 - Cancelled
Oklahoma Gardening School, March 21 - Postponed
"Landscape Design for Water Conservation," March 28 - Postponed