Tune Up Your Sprinkler System to Water Wisely
Did you know that as much as 50 percent of the water we use outdoors is wasted by inefficient watering? Summertime, when outdoor water use is typically high, is a good time to evaluate your automatic sprinkler system to make sure it’s working efficiently.
The Gulf Coast Water Authority (GCWA), which provides water for most communities in Galveston County, is encouraging businesses and homeowners to check their systems in July during Smart Irrigation Month. This national public awareness campaign promotes efficient outdoor water use. Using water wisely:
- Saves money on your utility bill
- Minimizes overwatering while keeping your lawn healthy
- Conserves water, a limited resource
Water Twice a Week – Or Less
GCWA is urging you to limit outdoor watering to no more than twice a week and to avoid wasting water. Did you know that these simple steps can reduce water demand by 20 percent?
That’s why maintaining your automatic sprinkler system is so important. Here are some simple steps that you can take:
- Check to make sure sprinkler heads are working properly
- Set the controller to water no more than twice a week
- Set sprinklers to water your yard, not your driveway, sidewalk or street
- Water in multiple, short intervals to reduce runoff (i.e. three 5-minute intervals)
- Water during the cool time of day because watering in the heat can cause 30 percent of the water to evaporate
- Upgrade your system with a rain sensor
- Adjust your controller for seasonal weather conditions
Follow the Gulf Coast Water Authority on Facebook @GCWaterAuthority for more water conservation tips. Also visit www.smartirrigationmonth.com.