by Keith Bancroft, Water Conservation Specialist Supervisor
Only one day in July is set aside to celebrate the birth of our nation, but all 31 days are dedicated to smart irrigation!
As much as 50% of a home’s outdoor water use may be wasted due to inefficient watering methods (i.e. irrigating too long or too often, having sprinkler heads pointed in the wrong direction and broken equipment). Because July is “Smart Irrigation Month,” now is the perfect time to spruce up your irrigation system by following four simple steps: inspect, connect, direct and select.
- Inspect: Check your system for clogged, broken or missing sprinkler heads. If you don’t feel comfortable making repairs yourself, then find an irrigation professional certified by a WaterSense-labeled program to do the work for you.
- Connect: If water pools in your landscape or you have large wet areas, it’s a sign that you could have a leak in your system. Drip systems are especially prone to loose connections or missing emitters, but these are also fairly easy to fix.
- Direct: Make sure to direct your sprinklers so that they apply water only to the landscape—not the driveway, house or sidewalk. (As Thomas Jefferson liked to say, “It doesn’t matter how much you water the driveway, it won’t get any bigger.”)
- Select: Abnormally high summer water bills are often caused by an improperly scheduled irrigation controller. Remember to update your watering schedule to follow our Weekly Watering Schedule recommendations or, better yet, select a WaterSense-labeled, weather-based irrigation controller that will automatically change your irrigation schedule based on the weather.
For even more smart ways to save, check out other outdoor water-saving technologies