Welcome to Smart Irrigation Month, a time dedicated to promoting water efficiency and raising awareness about the importance of smart irrigation practices.
Why it matters: Irrigation systems play a vital role in maintaining healthy landscapes, but they can also be a source of water waste if they are not properly optimized.
- Sprucing up a sprinkler system can improve its efficiency, conserve water and promote a sustainable approach to irrigation.
It’s easy: Follow these Environmental Protection Agency sprinkler tips:
Check the system for any visible leaks in the pipes, valves, or sprinkler heads. Examine each sprinkler head for proper alignment, damage, or clogs.
Review and fine-tune the settings on the sprinkler system controller. Check the functionality of rain sensors and ensure they are correctly connected. Inspect valves in your system for leaks, proper opening and closing, and signs of wear or damage
Ensure water flows and coverage is directed where it is needed. Adjust sprinkler heads to avoid overspray on to sidewalks and other hard surfaces. Group plants with similar watering needs into separate watering zones and adjust schedules and runtimes.
Explore alternative watering methods such as drip irrigation or micro-sprinklers. Consider upgrading to WaterSense labeled or smart irrigation system for automatic adjustments based on weather and soil moisture.
For additional help: The City of Fort Worth offers no-cost irrigation system evaluations by licensed irrigators to Fort Worth homeowners. No repairs or adjustments are made during the evaluation.
Go deeper: For more information or an appointment.