Tips to improve your irrigation system

Tips to improve your irrigation system
 
We all know that July is the hottest month of the year, and because of that we tend increase our water use as well. But let’s face it, we need water, but sometimes, we use more than what we actually need. Because of that, the Irrigation Association has launched the campaign #SmartIrrigationMonth to raise awareness of the benefits of efficient watering practices.
 
Save water with a few simple smart irrigation tipsYou already know how much water you might be wasting in your landscape if you read our previous article. Smart controllers are a great alternative to improve water efficiency in your irrigation system, but there are many more things you can do keep improving and save even more water.
Here are some tips that you can use to improve the efficiency of your irrigation system and save even more water.

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How much water are you wasting in your landscape?

Better Water Conservation for your lawn and flowersThe average American family uses more than 300 gallons (1135 liters) of water per day, and during the summer this number can be up to 1000 gallons per day, and not to exaggerate, but some reported up to 3000 gallons per day. That’s equivalent to washing 75 loads worth of laundry A DAY!!!
 
But let’s face it, we all need water in our homes and some of it we use to drink, to take showers, and even to brush our teeth. Although between 30 to 50% of the total water use is outdoor: watering gardens, lawns, washing your car, etc. That still a lot, don’t you think? Almost HALF of your water bill goes towards watering your landscape, and if you live in an arid region, that is even more.

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Water Conservation Fun

Who says conserving Water Can't be fun.

We all need a fish out of water, for a little humor.

Water Wise Ornamental Grasses

Water Wise Ornamental grasses are an essential part of all landscapes. Adding winter interest, texture, and form to the landscape. With a wide selection of color and height there are ornamental grasses to complement any need, or theme. Ornamental Grasses are generally cut down in the early spring to allow winter interest and insure the health of the grass. Below is a countdown to this summers must have ornamental grasses:

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The "E" in ET

Water Managers, our goal is to eliminate waste while sustaining beautiful lawns and landscapes.  By identifying and eliminating waste we can conserve water that saves our customers money. May I invite you to explore a thought with me? 
We know that ET is short for evapotranspiration; a compound word describing evaporation from the soil and transpiration plants.  ET happens; it is part of the water cycle.  Remember, water that evaporates from the soil has not helped a plant.  The only water plants need is pulled through the plant by transpiration.  Once water evaporates, it is gone, it’s out of site.  If an irrigation system delivers water that never helps a plant, our customers are paying for water that was wasted.  Efficient irrigation gets water to plant roots, so it can transpire.

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Look for Water Waste

Water districts expect us to conserve water.  Customers are complaining about high water bills.  But our #1 job is to keep the landscape looking healthy and green.  So how do we do it?  Improving irrigation efficiency is the job for a water manager.
 
May I suggest water conservation and efficient water use starts by looking for waste?  Plants need water.  If water used to irrigate does not benefit the plant, it is wasted.  Our job as water managers is to look for and eliminate wasted water while making sure plants get enough water to be healthy and beautiful.

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