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
What to recycle: Holiday Edition
The holidays bring with them lots of new wrappings (and trappings) some of which can go into your Big Green recycling cart. Know what to toss and what to recycle with our handy Holiday Recycling guide. For more on recycling, visit our What to Recycle page.
Keep your 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