Spring and summer months are known for many things – sunshine and warmer weather, pool parties and barbecues, flowering plants and trees in full bloom, and for many, increased water usage. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that household water usage increases anywhere from 30 – 60 percent during spring and summer months, largely due to the use of sprinkler systems and swimming pools, as well as general outdoor water use like washing the cars and cleaning decks and patios. Because of this, we want to help you be water smart this spring by sharing some simple ways you can conserve water, starting with a short video that offers best practices for watering.
Watch the video for tips that will help keep your spring and summer water bill in check.
Irrigation systems are one of the leading causes of increased water usage each spring. Before you ramp up your watering this spring, take a few minutes to spruce up your irrigation system – basic system maintenance can save you a lot of money and water! Cracks in pipes or broken sprinkler heads can result in as much as 25,000 gallons of lost water over the course of irrigation season, which $188.50. Follow these four simple steps and save.
Hint: Hover over the image for a more detailed guide.
The onset of warmer weather often leads to an increase in outdoor water use through landscape irrigation. Before you ramp up your watering this spring, take a few minutes to spruce up your irrigation system – basic system maintenance can save you a lot of money and water! Cracks in pipes or broken sprinkler heads can result in as much as 25,000 gallons of lost water over the course of irrigation season, which $187.50. Follow these four simple steps and save:
Inspect. Check your system for clogged, broken or missing sprinkler heads. If you’re not the do-it-yourself type, go with a pro—look for an irrigation professional certified through a WaterSense labeled program.
Connect. Examine points where the sprinkler heads connect to pipes/hoses. If water pools in your landscape or you have large wet areas, you could have a leak in your system. A leak about as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen (or 1/32nd of an inch) can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month.
Direct. Are you watering the driveway, house, or sidewalk instead of your yard? Redirect sprinklers to apply water only to the landscape.
Select. An improperly scheduled irrigation controller can waste a lot of water and money. Update your system’s schedule with the seasons, or select a WaterSense labeled controller to take the guesswork out of scheduling.
Remember to add “sprinkler spruce-up” to your spring cleaning list this year. And to learn more about maintaining a water-smart yard, visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense website.
For more tips, visit the WaterSense website.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All homeowners with piped irrigation systems must have an approved backflow prevention method or device. These devices are required by the Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation and help ensure the integrity of our public water supply. For more information, click here.
Placing mulch around shrubs and garden plants can help reduce
evaporation, inhibit weed growth, moderate soil temperature, and
prevent erosion. Organic mulches can include wood chips, bark, pine
needles, and grass clippings. Inorganic mulches can include stones,
pebbles, or brick chips. If using organic mulch, leave a few inches of
space around tree trunks and bush roots to prevent rot. Mulch allows
soil to retain water, which means you can water less frequently.
Spring into action with #MulchMadness.