What are you doing to celebrate Smart Irrigation Month? At Water – Use It Wisely, we’re always ready to celebrate the promotion of efficient water use and using water wisely! And, according to the Irrigation Association, that’s what Smart Irrigation Month is all about.
Efficient Irrigation System Tips
Automatic watering or sprinkler systems should be properly programmed to deliver just the right amount of water at the right time. Follow these strategies to save water, save money and see better results:
- Plant right
- Invest in an irrigation system
- Water wisely
- Maintain and upgrade your system
- Work with an irrigation professional
Arizona Ways to Keep Your Landscape from Soaking You!
In Arizona, outdoor water usage can consume up to 70% of a household’s water. So, be sure to check out our desert specific resources:
- Watering Guidelines: Give your plants enough water to stay healthy, but not too much. To better determine how much water is needed for your plants, visit our online guide or see our booklet, Landscape Watering by the Numbers: A Guide for the Arizona Desert.
- Control Your Controller: If you don’t have an electrical engineer in the house or an eleven-year-old, programming your timer can be very confusing. Learn how to program your irrigation controller at our Timing is Everything page.
- Free Water: Monsoon season has arrived and while we may not get a lot of rain, collecting what sheds off your roof can yield over 7,000 gallons a year. Find out more on our resources page under Graywater, Reuse, and Rainwater Harvesting.
- More Online Advice: It’s hot out there! Stay in air-conditioned comfort while you do some landscape or irrigation planning for the fall season. Visit our page for Knowledge That’ll Make You Water-Wise.
- For Irrigation Professionals: The Arizona Municipal Water User’s Association (a Water – Use It Wisely partner) is sponsoring the Irrigation Track at the Southwest Horticultural Annual Day of Education (S.H.A.D.E.) Conference.
By Donna DiFrancesco, Conservation Specialist, City of Mesa. The City of Mesa is one of 15 Water – Use It Wisely regional partners offering water-saving advice.