Water Conservation – Save Water and MoneyMay 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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