The Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District is committed to being a leader in water conservation efforts. Responsible use of water is critical as the State of Oregon experiences drought conditions, which may persist or grow worse in future years.
In 2015, Park Maintenance reduced irrigation at parks and athletic fields by assigning parks to three categories, and prioritizing irrigation at our most visited sites. The strategy helped us reduce water use at 70 percent of THPRD park sites.
We're also pursuing other conservation strategies, including use of weather-based irrigation controllers, integration of drought tolerant grass seed blends, modification of existing system layouts to focus on plant health, installation of water-efficient nozzles, reduction of manually watered sites and elimination of leaks and misdirected use through irrigation system performance audits.
We will analyze current strategies and continue to seek new opportunities for efficient and responsible water use. Our goal is to continue to provide thriving landscapes and safe field conditions while ensuring that our most valuable natural resource is being properly managed.
Improving our resiliency to drought now will help us prevent much more serious problems later.