Do you have an automatic sprinkler system? A little maintenance goes a long way! Your system can waste a lot of water if it's programmed incorrectly, a sprinkler head points in the wrong direction, or you have a leak. Spruce up your irrigation system using four simple steps: inspect, connect, direct, and select.
1. INSPECT - Check your system for clogged, broken, or missing sprinkler heads. If you are not the do-it yourself type, look for an irrigation professional certified through a WaterSense labeled program.
2. CONNECT - Examine points where the sprinkler heads connect to pipes or hoses. If water pools in your yard or you have large wet areas, you could have a leak in your system. A leak as small as a ballpoint pen tip can waste 6,300 gallons of water per month.
3. DIRECT - Are you watering the driveway, house, or sidewalk instead of your yard? Redirect sprinklers to apply water only to the grassy or planted areas.
4. SELECT - An improperly scheduled irrigation controller can waste water and money. Update your system's watering schedule with the seasons or use a WaterSense-labeled controller to take the guesswork out of scheduling. Replacing a standard timer with a WaterSense-labeled irrigation controller can save an average home nearly 8,800 gallons of water annually.