While water conservation is improving overall, many people could do a better job by upgrading their irrigation system to save water.
If you must irrigate, please consider the following best practices:
- Do not irrigate mid-day or when it’s windy! As much as half of the water that is used outdoors is wasted due to evaporation, wind, or runoff.
- Upgrade your irrigation system with a moisture sensor. This smart device turns on the sprinkler when it’s actually needed. An automatic irrigation system that isn’t properly programmed or maintained can waste as much as 30,000 gallons of water annually.
- Adjust sprinkler heads so that they do not water the driveway or sidewalk. A system can waste even more water if a sprinkler head is pointed in the wrong direction, or you have a leak.
- Fix leaks promptly – call in a professional to make repairs. 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.
- Create water-smart landscape designs to improve outdoor water efficiency.
For more tips, visit the WaterSense website at www.epa.gov/watersense/outdoor