When the temperature sizzles, many people rush for their hose to protect their gardens and lawns.

But many people waste water while they’re at it, raising their bills and wasting a natural resource.

The Regional Water Providers Consortium, a group including Portland Water Bureau and more than than 20 other agencies plus Metro, provide a weekly watering number that tells residents how much water to spray on plants and lawns when they turn on sprinklers. That’s at

Other water conservation tips from the consortium:

• Water before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m., when temperaturs are cooler and evaporation is minimized.

• Add organic matter, such as compost, to the soil, helping soil retain more moisture.

• Raise your lawnmower blade; taller grass encourages deeper root growth, helping retain soil moisture.

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