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Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2008 5:01 am | Updated: 10:45 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Gilbert is working to educate residents about overwatering lawns and plants as a part of April's Water Awareness Month.

Many homeowners could reduce lawn watering by half and still be overwatering their plants, experts said.

"You don't need to be watering every day, twice a day," said Karen Young, Gilbert's water conservation coordinator.

"We offer suggestions for how to streamline.

"Customers are really amazed at how the same landscape could be maintained at half the water use - and then, of course, half the bill," Young said.

As warmer weather approaches, bringing the likelihood of increased watering, Gilbert is distributing surveys on water use to residents and awarding prizes to some lucky survey respondents.

The surveys help residents calculate how much water they use, and can be obtained until the end of April at the Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Road, or at the Gilbert Civic Center, 50 E. Civic Center Drive.

Eric Braun, a water conservation specialist for Gilbert, said the biggest concern for water overuse has become lawns, as homes built since 1994 come with more water-efficient appliances, shower heads and toilets.

The town also works with other area communities on the Use Water Wisely coalition campaign. Communities offer free classes on landscaping and setting up irrigation drip systems.

For information on water conservation in Gilbert, contact the town's water conservation department at (480) 503-6098 or visit www.ci.gilbert.az.us/water.

Queen Creek offers a variety of water-saving tips on its Web site, such as not watering on windy days and using a broom to clean driveways and sidewalks, at its water conservation page at www.queencreek.org/Index.aspx?page=252.

Additional tips and water-saving resources can be found at www.usewaterwisely.com.

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