Water Saving Irrigation Tips
Water Deeply, Not Frequently
- Water early in the morning and late at night when the least amount of water will be lost to evaluation (10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.).
- Irrigate slowly to allow the water to soak into the ground. When water is applied too quickly, water can be lost to runoff.
- Utilize drip irrigation, or lower the water flow of your sprinkler system.
- Allow irrigation to run long enough to wet soils into a depth of six inches.
- Older plants often have a deeper root system, thus requiring less frequent irrigation than newly installed plants/shrubbery.
- Rule of Thumb: Water as deeply and as infrequently as possible.
Reduce Water Runoff
- Align your sprinkler heads to avoid irrigating roads, sidewalks, and driveways.
- Use drip irrigation and other lower volume delivery systems to irrigate slowly.
Maintain Your Sprinkler System
- Take time to periodically check your irrigation equipment and connections. Look for leaks and broken or buried sprinkler heads.
- Traditional hose connections at the faucet and sprinkler can also leak, so make sure to check the connections and replace as necessary.
Get Smart with Your Technology!
- If you have an irrigation system, consider upgrading to a smart controller/meter and installing a rain sensor.
- Smart water controllers measure weather and soil moisture conditions to automatically adjust watering schedules.
- Rain sensors can also be adjusted to retrofit most irrigation systems.
- Make sure to sign up for EyeOnWater to monitor your water use and receive notifications of leaks/high usage (https://eyeonwater.com/signup) and enter your service zip code and service account ID. EyeOnWater is also accessible through TLA’s app.
As a reminder, Georgia’s outdoor imposed watering restrictions are outlined below (including Chatham County):
- Watering is not permissible between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Outdoor watering is not allowed on Fridays.
- The following addresses can water as indicated below:
This article was originally published by The Landings Association on their website. Visit landings.org to read the original article. https://landings.org/news/2019/05/21/water-saving-irrigation-tips