Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Sprinkler Repair Know-How Now

Being Water Wise

Have you been on your way to the store or to your office early in the morning and noticed the MIST of sprinkler systems rising UP in the air and not down to the shrubbery or turf?

Add that to your list of water-wasters. We've seen it at homes, businesses, banks, and entrances to gated communities, to name a few.

The question is not: "Who is maintaining their system for them?"

The question is: "WHO ISN'T maintaining their sprinkler system?"

Some experts estimate that more than 50 percent of commercial and residential irrigation water use goes to waste due to evaporation, runoff, or over-watering.

Here are some common outdoor water inefficiencies provided by the EPA. They are simple solutions to reduce water waste and produce great results:

* Many people water their lawns too often and for too long, over-saturating plants. It's usually not necessary to water grass every day. Instead, test your lawn by stepping on a patch of grass; if it springs back, it doesn't need water.

* Regular maintenance of an irrigation system can help ensure that water is distributed evenly on the lawn and does not overspray onto paved areas. Look for an irrigation contractor certified in system maintenance and auditing to keep your system working efficiently or learn ways to do-it-yourself.

* An inefficient irrigation system can waste water and money each month, but using weatherbased irrigation scheduling on a moderate sized yard, for example, can reduce a household's outdoor water use by about 15 percent, saving up to 37 gallons of water every day. Alternatively, a weather-based irrigation controller can do the scheduling for you, providing the right amount of water to your plants automatically, if adjusted properly.

* Landscaping with plants that are not adaptive to your climate increases water use and costs. Instead, use native plants, or species adapted to the local climate, which reduce outdoor water use by 20 to 50 percent.

WaterSense, a voluntary public-private partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeks to help homeowners and businesses improve water efficiency and reduce their costs by promoting efficient irrigation technologies such as weather-based irrigation controllers and certification programs for irrigation contractors. [Source: EPA WaterSense]

For more quick WATER WISE resources, CLICK HERE.

Do you have some tips to add to the chat? We welcome you to post your water-wise, sprinkler repair comments today.

Curious how to save more than $500 to keep your sprinklers water-wise and eco-friendly?

YES. YOU can fix your own broken sprinkler pipes, broken sprinkler heads, and more.


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Craig Borglum

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