Smart About Sprinklers

Did you know that homes with automatically timed sprinkler or irrigation systems use up to 50 percent more water than homes without these systems? The amount of water wasted can jump even higher if sprinkler heads are damaged or pointed in the wrong direction, or the system is programmed incorrectly.

Viewer tip: Taking a few minutes to tune up your sprinkler system saves water and money. EPA’s WaterSense program offers these simple steps to make sure your sprinkler system is in top shape before the summer watering season is in full swing:

  • Inspect. Check for missing, broken or clogged sprinkler heads. If you aren’t sure what to look for or how to replace broken sprinkler heads, ask a professional for help. Get started with a list of WaterSense certified landscape professionals.
  • Connect. Look for leaks where sprinkler heads connect to pipes or hoses. If you notice water pooling in your yard, a leak may be the culprit. A tiny leak the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen can waste over 6,000 gallons of water per month!
  • Direct. Make sure you aren’t watering the sidewalk, driveway or side of your home. Redirect any sprinklers that are hitting the wrong spot.
  • Select. Program the right watering schedule for your yard and climate – and update the schedule with the seasons. As the weather warms up, avoid watering mid-day when the sun will evaporate much of the water before it reaches your plants.

More tips for sprucing up your system, picking the right watering schedule and managing your irrigation system.

(Source: EPA WaterSense Program. “Tips for Watering Wisely.” http://epa.gov/watersense/outdoor/watering_tips.html#tabs-1)

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