Environmental Outreach

Recycle Grass ClippingsAs reflected in the Town's vision statement, Harrisburg Town Council strongly advocates for preservation of the natural resouces in our community. In 2014, Town Council voted to create an Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESC) to educate and promote sustainable practices. For more information on the formation of the ESC and getting involved, contact Mayor Steve Sciascia at ssciascia@harrisburgnc.org.

Rain Barrels
Learn more about using rain barrels to support water conservation

Irrigation and Water Conservation

In an effort throughout Cabarrus County to protect our water resources, The Town of Harrisburg practices water conservation year round. Please follow these water use guidelines:

Lawn irrigation will only be allowed on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Those who violate the specified lawn irrigation days water rule will receive written notice of the violation and the appropriate fee will be assessed.

  • Water during early morning hours or in the evening to reduce evaporation & avoid burning grass & plants.
  • Use drought-resistant plants when landscaping and gardening.
  • Irrigate only when plants or lawn need water.
  • Do not apply more than one inch of water per week. A quick way to measure one inch of water is to have a tuna can near your sprinkler. A typical tuna can will hold one inch of water.
  • A hand-held hose with spring loaded nozzle should be used to limit water waste.
  • Check all hoses, connectors and irrigation heads for leaks.
  • Make sure sprinklers are not watering the street, driveway or sidewalk.
  • Do not operate sprinklers when it is raining.

Make the Most Out of Your Grass Clippings

Grass clippings are a natural compost for your yard. Leave clippings on the lawn to add a natural organic additive to your soil. Collected clippings can be deposited in a compost bin and allowed to naturally decay for garden and yard compost in the future. If homeowners rake grass clippings curbside for pick-up, clippings can wash into stormwater drains, resulting in a negative impact on water quality and increasing flooding potential.

Create a vegetative buffer around the streams that run throughout Harrisburg by drawing property plat lines around the banks, instead of through the center line, of streams.  Conservation easements can preserve these areas and prevent streams from becoming contaminated with grass clippings.

Resources from the Cabarrus Soil & Water Conservation District

Partners in Protecting Water Quality

Grass Makes Its Own Food

A Guide to Preserving Your Land for Generations to Come

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