SPOKANE, Wash. -

Keeping the lawn green this time of year can be tricky – and costly – but Spokane's water department has some handy tips to keep your lawn – and wallet – green.

It's the middle of July and lets face it, most of our lawns don't look like the grass in Riverfront Park right now but if you're smart about not only how and when you water your lawn, but how you take care of your lawn, you can actually keep things looking pretty green and lush without breaking the bank.

Kristen Zimmer with the city's water department said as far as water goes we're fortunate here in the Inland Northwest.

“We have a good supply of it but it's not infinite. Depending on how the population grows and how much water we use we could run out like everyone else," she said.

For instance in California legislators recently passed a bill that will enforce a $500 fine for residents that violate water restrictions.

“If you look at the rest of the country you will know how lucky we are to have clean wonderful water," Zimmer said.

There are a few things you can do to help conserve water like, for example, don't water during the heat of the day as most of that will be evaporated.

Also don't cut your grass too short. Only water what you need; about an inch per week is a good rule of thumb.

Lastly, do what you can to avoid waste; instead of washing your sidewalk or porch with the hose use a broom.