Think you’ve done everything possible to save water but still looking for ways to do more? Are you a “gadget person” who likes to tinker with technology, from the simple to the complex? You might be surprised to learn that there’s even more ways to save water by looking into new technologies.
The Water – Use It Wisely Web site, www.wateruseitwisely.com has a listing of innovative technologies that can help you conserve water and ultimately save money. Following are a few ideas you may not have thought of before.
- Humidity Moisture Sensing and Control Products – Humidity moisture sensors override irrigation controllers when the humidity is at a high enough level, indicating that there’s no need to irrigate.
- Drip Stop Valves – These offer a permanent replacement to the old-fashioned rubber washers used in most compression faucets. By stopping leaks, this saves millions of acre-feet of water each year.
- Rain Barrels – Rain harvesting is a simple concept. Simply divert water from gutters into a mosquito-proof storage tank for future use. Then, when you need water for non-edible purposes, recycle your rain water!
- Surface Flow – Such systems are ideally suited for turf irrigation where runoff is an issue. The technology takes advantage of the “wicking” action common to straw, sponges and other porous materials. A single point of watering spreads out across the turf. This leads to higher distribution efficiency, reduces water requirements by 25 to 40 percent and virtually eliminates water runoff.
- Smart Controllers – Large commercial water users use sophisticated equipment, complex scientific instruments and detailed calculations to fine tune their irrigation systems to supply only the water needed. Like these advanced commercial systems, smart controllers take key weather data and combine it with basic site and sprinkler system information to calculate the exact amount of water needed to irrigate your landscape.
- Aquazerve – This system operates off of pressure developed by your existing pool filtration system. The unit is mounted on the return line of your pool system, directly after your pool filter. The water is pressurized by the pool pump and delivered to irrigation through 1/4″ tubing. The water savings is the amount of water you would normally discharge to waste during the draining process.
For more water saving tips, visit www.wateruseitwisely.com. There, you can also take a user-friendly home water audit and sign up to receive a monthly water saving tip to remind you of your resolution and to keep you conserving all year long.