Know What Grows

Water conservation is on the minds of many clients because it saves them money and helps the environment along the way.  Updating sprinkler systems and designs is a great way to make sure a system is running in optimal condition. A good way to tell: is your or your client’s system watering only what grows?

According to the  EPA’s WaterSense program, do the following for your client’s sprinkler system:

  1. INSPECT–Check your system for clogged, broken or missing sprinkler system. The city can provide a list of licensed irrigation contractors.
  2. CONNECT–Examine points where sprinkler heads connect to  pipes. If water is pooling in the landscape or there is a large soggy area, there may be a leak in the system.
  3. DIRECT–Redirect sprinklers to apply water only to the landscape. Avoid watering the driveway or sidewalk instead of the yard.
  4. SELECT–An improperly scheduled irrigation controller can waste a lot of water and money. Update your system’s schedule with the season.
  5. Rainfall shutoff sensors and soil moisture sensors are two application in newer irrigation systems that allow clients to better manage their water. Consider checking your client’s irrigation system to help them better manage their property.