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Free water gauge will help conserve


Want to save money and water and have a green lawn for the summer? The Portland-based Regional Water Providers Consortium (RWPC) is giving away free outdoor watering gauge kits to customers of RWPC members through July 31.

“One of the most common causes of overwatering is homeowners just not knowing how much water to use on their lawns,” said co-founder of Brink Communications Marian Hammond, speaking on behalf of RWPC. “These kits are a very useful tool to help find out.”

The water-gauge kits consist of a timer and two plastic cups with inches marked on them. Lawn owners must place the cups on the ground within range of a sprinkler and set the timer as soon as they turn on the sprinkler so they can find out exactly how long it takes for their sprinklers to water their lawn with a given number of inches.

The RWPC also posts a weekly watering code for each ZIP code during the summer, so residents can know how many inches of water their lawn will need in a given week.

“Knowledge is power when it comes to water,” said Hammond. “The kits were created specifically to cut down on waste.”

RWPC estimates half of the water used in the summer for watering lawns is wasted from evaporation, wind or runoff. Hammond explained that the kits can help reduce water use by 30 percent or more.

To get a free kit, email

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your mailing address and the name of your water provider, or call 503-823-7523.