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Water Conservation – Save Water and Money

May 4, 2012

Are you interested in water conservation?  Do you want to save money?  Just interested in having a beautiful yard?

You can save water and money.  Here’s how:

  • Start your sprinkler system right—inspect, repair, and adjust
  • Set your sprinkler timer schedule—aim to apply about 1”-1.5” of water per week during cooler months
  • Adjust your watering frequency—depending on the time of year, soil type, and plant needs

How much water am I using?

Sprinkler heads release water at the rate of about 1.5 to 3 Gallons per Minute (GPM).  So let’s say that you have 50 sprinkler heads releasing water at 3 GPM.  That means you are using 150 gallons of water per minute!  Now, run your sprinklers for 20 minutes and how much water are you using?

The answer: 3000 gallons of water!

What could I do with 3000 gallons of water?

That’s enough to fill: a 4’ x 18’ swimming pool (1900 Gal), a 4-person hot tub (700 Gal), and 10 bath tubs (400 Gal)!

Bigger isn’t Always Better

Many nutritionists suggest that eating smaller meals more frequently is better for your health.  In a similar way, it may be beneficial to break up watering duration for each zone into multiple cycles for optimal absorption.

As always, each yard is unique.  Consider your individual needs and factors—season, climate, plant and soil types, and other similar influences—for the best results.

Want to Learn More about Conservation?

Orbit believes in Conservation through Innovation.  With an increased awareness of our water usage and some easy adjustments we believe that everyone can have beautiful, eco-friendly yards.

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2 comments

  1. I do agree with all the ideas you have presented in your post. They’re very convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are too short for newbies. Could you please extend them a little from next time? Thanks for the post.

    Comment by Riley Nakama on May 7, 2012 at 8:48 am

  2. Riley,
    Thank you for your reply. We will take your suggestions into consideration. In the meantime, you can visit protectyourhometurf.orbitonline.com for a little more information on how you can save water and money.

    -Orbit Team

    Comment by Orbit on May 7, 2012 at 9:02 pm

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