A Conversation to Outdoor Conservation

July is known to be Smart Irrigation Month and here in California, we should celebrate it all day, every day for 365 days. Launched in 2005 by the Irrigation Association, the month long event increases awareness of water conservation outdoors.

The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that as much as 50% of the water consumed outdoors is wasted on inefficient irrigation and this percentage increases during the summer months.

We need to be more strategic with our watering habits—California’s drought is endemic.  Let’s use only what we need.

Be Sprinkler Smart:

  • Check for leaks
    • leaks can be identified in areas where grass is overgrown or particularly green
    • leaks can also by reviewing water meter after water has been shut off
    • Invest in one of the many water-efficient irrigation systems
      • Rotating nozzles for pop up spray heads
        • By applying water slowly, these devices prevent over-watering
        • Can use up to 20% less water than its conventional counterpart
        • Rebate available
  • Soil Moisture Sensor System
    • Works in conjunction with irrigation systems
    • Reduces watering habits by detecting the needs of the soil moisture
    • Rebate available
  • Weather Based Irrigation Controller
    • Adjusts watering schedules based on climatic conditions, soil conditions and plant types
    • Can save over 13,500 gallons of water per year
    • Rebate available

Be on Time:

  • Follow the irrigation schedules set forth by your city or retailer
  • As a general practice, watering before 6 a.m and after 8:00 p.m are recommended to avoid water loss to evaporation.

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