Tag: Water Conservation

Introducing Wateringschedule.com

Orbit is excited to announce a product designed to greatly improve watering efficiency and conservation: Orbit Catch Cups.  These nifty little cups are used to perform water audits on your lawn.  When used in tandem with our website wateringschedule.com, the perfect watering schedule is just minutes away.

The process is simple.  Just place the cups around your yard and run your sprinklers for a short amount of time.  Record the findings and enter them in to wateringschedule.com, along with your zip code and soil type, and you’ll get a schedule customized to your yard.

The catch cups will also help you determine watering uniformity.  You’ll instantly be able to spot areas that are over or under-watered, and make the necessary corrections .

For most, these tests will yield two major insights into lawn watering habits.  First, you’ll find that you’re probably watering too much.  Watering your lawn too often is actually bad for it.  It hinders deep root growth.  The roots get spoiled by having an abundance of water so close to the surface and they never dig deep.  Second, the readings will probably suggest that you water in intervals.  This is because soil can only absorb so much water at once.  By watering in intervals, the soil has a chance to soak all the water.  Then, when you return for a second or third watering anywhere from 30-60 minutes later, the soil is then ready to suck up more water.

We invite you to head over to the website, test it out and see how Orbit Catch Cups can help you save thousands of gallons of water this summer.

 

Teaching Kids Water Conservation

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Are you looking for activities to do with the kids this summer that are both fun and educational? Why not teach them about water conservation?

Why teach your kids about conservation?

There are many benefits to becoming a water-wise family, including saving money, but there’s more to it than that. Conservation is a community effort and learning begins in the home. By teaching your kids about conservation you teach them to look beyond themselves—to see the beauty and wonder in the world.

Did you know?

  • Each time you water your lawn you can be using up to 3,000 gallons of water
  • An average American family of 4 can use 400 gallons of water a day
  • Standard toilets use about 3.5 gallons of water per flush
  • A typical faucet uses about 2 gallons of water per minute

Conservation Tips

Here are some easy ways for your kids to get involved in water conservation:

Outdoors:

Have your kids help you check your sprinkler system. (Any easy excuse for running through the sprinklers is a good one, right?)

  • Make sure that your sprinklers are not watering the sidewalk, driveway, street, or house
  • Look for leaking or broken sprinkler heads
  • Try the screwdriver test. Have your kids stick a screwdriver into the grass, if it goes in 6 inches with minimal effort there is no need to water. If they struggle getting the screwdriver into the ground it may be time to water again
  • Use a hose-end nozzle when washing the car instead of letting the hose run
  • Have them remind you to use the rain delay option on your sprinkler system timer/controller when it rains

Indoors:

  • Turn off the water when brushing teeth
  • Check for leaks and work on fixing them together
  • Shower instead of taking baths
  • Stop using the toilet as a waste basket
  • Use only one cup to drink out of throughout the day
  • Put a container of water in the fridge so you always have cold water (without having to run the tap)

Activities

One way to really help your kids understand how much water we use is to do some activities with them.

  • The Human Faucet. This do-at-home experiment shows kids how much water they use when they let the tap run while brushing their teeth. You can find detailed instructions here.
  • Visit your local water plant or nearby natural history museum to learn about the water cycle.
  • Interactive games and websites. Check these out:

Go for it!

Next time your kids tell you they’re bored, don’t stress about what to do. Take it as an opportunity to have fun and learn how to become a water-wise family together.

Water Conservation – Save Water and Money

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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