How an Irrigation System Conserves Water
Saving Water Saves You Money
Water According to Need
Because your yard will be divided into zones, each zone will receive only the amount of water it needs to flourish. A properly trained, expert technician will be able to assess your yard and consider all of the factors that affect the watering needs of each zone.
What are the soil conditions? What is the grade (slope) of the yard, which affects water run-off? How much exposure does each section get to sun and wind? All of these things figure into the amount of water that your yard should receive.
The amount of water used by a properly installed irrigation system also varies by the time of year. In our area of Ohio, your system should be programmed to use more water in the heat of August than during the cool, wet spring.
Did you know?
Most people think of sprinkler heads when they think of an irrigation system. However, rotor head sprinklers and spray head sprinklers are only one part of an irrigation system.
If you need to water a vegetable garden or flowers in a flower bed, a drip irrigation system is more efficient. In a drip irrigation system water slowly drips out of holes in a line of piping.
These holes are strategically placed so the water is targeting the plant roots. Because the water is very targeted and there is very little evaporation it is very water efficient.
Irrigation System Technology Helps Save Water
Smart Controller & Rain Sensor
A properly working smart controller is probably the best way to save water and money with an irrigation system. This is how your technician can properly adjust the watering for each irrigation zone.
If your irrigation system was installed before smart controllers were an option, do not worry; they are easy to retro fit. Adding a smart controller to a system that doesn’t have one saves, on average, 40%-60% of water usage.
Installing a rain sensor is another good way to save water and money. A rain sensor is relatively cheap and effective. It will be able to tell when there has been a certain amount of rainfall and when that threshold has been met, it will tell your irrigation system not to run.