If You Must Irrigate, Upgrade Your System to Conserve Water

Summer is finally upon us, and with it comes a big increase in outdoor water use. With unpredictable weather patterns, its essential that we all do our part to use water wisely, and conserve the water that we have.

While water conservation is improving, there are still many people who take water for granted, and dont consider the impact of lawn irrigation on drinking water supplies and ecosystems. According to WaterSense, residential outdoor water use across the United States accounts for nearly 9 billion gallons of water each day, mainly for landscape irrigation.

While we would prefer for everyone to eliminate lawn irrigation altogether, if you must irrigate, please consider the following:

As much as half of the water we use outdoors is being wasted due to evaporation, wind, or runoff caused by inefficient irrigation methods and systems. Do not irrigate mid-day or when its windy!Homes with automatically timed irrigation systems use about 50 percent more water outdoors than those without. Upgrade your system with a moisture sensor, which turns on the sprinkler when actually needed. (Lets eliminate running sprinklers in the rain!)

Your system can waste even more if a sprinkler head is pointed in the wrong direction, or you have a leak. Adjust sprinkler heads so that they do not water the driveway or sidewalk. Fix leaks promptly call in a professional to make repairs.

sprinkler-spruce-up_infographicsprinkler-spruce-up_infographicSave yourself time and money!A home with an automatic irrigation system that isnt properly programmed or maintained can waste as much as 30,000 gallons of water annually.A broken or missing sprinkler head could waste as much as 25,000 gallons of water and more than $90 over a six-month irrigation season.

Creating water-smart landscape designs and upgrading irrigation systems can go a long way toward outdoor water efficiency.

For more tips, visit the WaterSense website at www.epa.gov/watersense/outdoor.