July is typically the month of peak water demand for landscapes in Arizona. The Irrigation Association named July as Smart Irrigation Month to increase awareness about simple practices and innovative technologies for homeowners. By planting low-water-use plants, watering efficiently, and maintaining and upgrading automated irrigation systems, you can save money, save water and see better results. Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Turn on your irrigation system and walk around the yard to look for emitters or sprinkler heads that are broken, clogged, or misaligned.
  • Install a WaterSense smart irrigation controller that uses on-site weather and site conditions to automatically adjust watering schedules.
  • Convert sprinkler nozzles to rotating nozzles which spread heavy droplets of water at a slower pace, making them more targeted and effective.

Check back throughout the month of July for more smart irrigation ideas or dive into our Efficient Irrigation resource page to learn about different watering techniques, water-wise lawn watering and more!

Leeann Yacuel is a water sustainability analyst with SRP, one of fifteen Water – Use It Wisely partners to offer water-saving advice and programs.

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