Water-Wise Sprinkler play
Who doesn’t love to play in the sprinklers? Even adults love to cool down taking a few runs through the sprinklers on a hot day!
The problem is that many areas are in a deepening drought that is only getting worse despite increased rain fall. Below are a few tips for water-wise sprinkler play so you can have fun while being water smart!
Be safe. Have fun. Be water-wise.
This post is a part of the Get Outside & Connect Series. Click on the link to learn more about it.
Water-Wise Sprinkler Play
Playing in the sprinklers is fantastic gross motor sensory play for kids on a hot day. Here are a few easy ways to go green and conserve water while you are out there having fun with your kids!
Water-Wise Sprinkler Play Tips:
1. Use a singular sprinkler
Instead of turning them all on, use a singular sprinkler head of some kind. If you must turn them all on keep it to 10 minutes or less.
2. Keep it low
Keep the water flow as low as possible while still being fun. Lower flow = more time to have fun. High flow = less time to have fun. Be water-wise.
It’s wasteful to water mid-day and therefore wasteful to play in water mid-day. Even with the excuse that you are watering your lawn while playing. Where we currently live, the highest temperatures are typically at 5 pm during the summer months. This is the perfect time to get outside and play in the sprinklers!
4. Use a timer
We put the sprinkler over each patch for about 5 – 10 minutes. Set a timer so you don’t forget to move it to the next patch or turn the water off.
5. Put the sprinkler over dry patches or near plants that need to be watered.
We had some dry patches in our lawn because we don’t have our sprinklers set to go on every day. When they do go on they are on for only 15 minutes to conserve water. When we see dry patches on a hot day we consider it sprinkler play time.
When I moved the sprinkler to another dry patch my daughter stopped to have a goji berry snack. Related article: Take your Kids Berry Picking
With the deepening drought it’s important to conserve water while still having fun in the sun this summer! Be safe. Have fun. Be water-wise.
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