KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The month of June is supposed to be one of the wettest months of the year in Kansas City, but that isn't how June 2012 is turning out.
For those intent on keeping their grass green, the goal can be expensive.
Water One, which supplies water for most of Johnson County, says water usage has increased 50 percent over last year because of the thirsty yards.
Linda Palmer spent $8,000 on new sod and a new sprinkler system to help the sod take root. Now she's prepared for a big water bill.
"We have a huge investment here, and we're going to run up our water bill more than we ever have," she said. "We have to protect this investment. We want our house to look nice. It's Johnson County. You need green grass. You need a beautiful yard."
While some may not think they have a choice but to water and pay big, experts say there are ways to save.
Water One's Darrell Theobald says it's foolish to water in the middle of the day.
"They're going to get 60 cents on the dollar," Theobald said about one family that had their sprinklers on in the afternoon.
Another tip: Water Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
"Our biggest demand is Monday, Wednesday, Friday," Theobald said. He also recommends watering at 2 a.m.
Cutting your grass too short and too often also increases the need for water.
"Your yard is going to have less demand for water if you grow it taller," Theobald said.
He says people with underground sprinklers probably only need to water three times a week for about 10 to 15 minutes an application.
For those who don't really make their lawn a priority, it is still recommended that they water a tenth of an inch per week to prevent the grass from dying off.