Based on the droughts we have been experiencing both this and last year, I believe that Water Conservation is an area where we can all do a better job.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the (EPA) estimates that the typical single-family suburban household uses at least 30 percent of its water for landscape irrigation. Furthermore, some sources indicate that more than 50 percent of landscape water goes to waste due to evaporation or runoff caused by overwatering.
So what can be done? Here are some tips from the “sprinkler smarts” page as part of the City of Richardson’s Water Conservation Initiatives:
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- Become familiar with your controller and take advantage of its features. Check the manufacturer’s website for videos on how to program it correctly.
- Set your irrigation controller so that the system does not activate between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. when most water is lost due to evaporation.
- Avoid overspray — Ensure that your irrigation system only sprays water on landscaped areas, not on concrete, wood, stone, brick or other impervious surfaces such as sidewalks, streets, driveways, fences or walls, which causes water unoff.
- Adjust your watering schedule to the season. Decrease or cease watering when grass should be dormant during cooler weather months.
- Adjust the run time and frequency on the controller, based on changing rainfall and temperatures.
- Program your controller timer to cycle and soak to prevent over watering.
- Check sprinkler heads to remove dirt or debris that may clog nozzle heads. Once a month, run the system on a short cycle and make any needed adjustments or minor repairs.
- Consult a licensed irrigator if the irrigation system requires major repair.
- Install a rain or moisture shutoff device or another technology to prevent the system from operating in the rain or when soil moisture is sufficient.
- Maintain the correct water pressure — your irrigation system should not operate below or above the manufacturer’s published specifications for the equipment being used. High water pressures waste water.
- SAWS looks at a new approach to water conservation but tougher penalties (mysanantonio.com)
- 8 tips from the EPA for conserving water outdoors (holykaw.alltop.com)
- Promoting drip irrigation system (dawn.com)
- Why Most Smart Irrigation Controllers Failed the Drought Test (stateimpact.npr.org)