The Water Smart Generation:  Love Your Water – Use It Wisely

Presentation by Julie Smitherman, Water Resources Coordinator, Medford Water Commission (May 25, 2021)

Action Items

  • Fix leaks!
  • Plug up drip emitters that are not watering plants.
  • Schedule a sprinkler evaluation – Medford, Ashland
  • Do not water everyday – Water deeply every other day.
  • Lower the pressure – Too much pressure on sprinklers can use more water than needed.
  • Water some areas by hand or by manual function instead of using the automatic system.
  • Catch excess water in a bucket.
  • Use graywater for trees.
  • Use a soil moisture meter- test to see if there is still enough moisture left in the soil.
  • Dry spots – add another emitter or fix sprinkler – don’t run entire system longer.
  • Remove lawn and plant climate appropriate plants.
  • Make regular adjustments to sprinklers.
  • Amend Soil – retains moisture and reduces evaporation.
  • Mulch with groundcover or compost – make sure you are also being firewise!
  • Read your meter – determine how much water used when doing certain tasks.
  • Support upgrades to water system supply infrastructure to improve efficiency and resiliency long-term.
  • Make changes to landscaping and irrigation practices.
  • Upgrade indoor fixtures and appliances.
  • Change perspective – How much water do we really need?
  • Less water use– reduces carbon footprint at home and utility.
  • Use less water without diminishing quality of life – It can be done!
  • Understand the water system – Value your water – LOVE YOUR WATER



Graywater & Rainwater Catchment
Tree Watering Guide
Surviving Drought
Stream and Wetland Enhancement
Street Tree Guide
Native Plants Guide
Fire Resistant Landscaping


Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District

Jackson County Watermaster

OSU Extension

Riparian Restoration Project

SOCAN Riparian Planting Benefits Sheet – Elementary and Middle Grades

SOCAN Riparian Planting Benefits Sheet – High School and Older