Enhance Outdoor Water Savings with these Smart Water Tips
It’s essential to conserve water, especially in a place like California. With rising temperatures, it becomes more tempting to use this precious resource - making efficient water use more important than ever.
By being smarter with our water use, not only do we conserve water, but we also conserve energy! The relationship between water and energy is known as the water-energy nexus, where water activities require energy, and harnessing energy requires a lot of water. Some examples of this relationship include:
With California’s water restrictions in place, residents, businesses, and agencies are looking for ways to cut back on water use - one of them being limiting outdoor water usage. That’s why it’s important to keep in mind that being water efficient is also being energy efficient. So for smart irrigation month, follow these tips to reduce water and energy use!
Consider utilizing a smart irrigation system
Automate your irrigation system to reduce water use and costs for your agency! Smart irrigation technology uses weather and soil moisture data to determine the irrigation needs of a landscape. It can reduce water use by up to 20-40% compared to traditional automated irrigation systems. By using a combination of controllers and sensors, these systems achieve water savings and ensure your landscape is green and healthy based on environmental conditions.
Choose WaterSense labeled equipment
Set your outdoor irrigation system up for success by purchasing WaterSense labeled products. WaterSense labeled products are backed by independent third-party certification and meet EPA’s specifications for water efficiency. Some outdoor irrigation equipment with WaterSense labels includes:
● Weather-based irrigation controllers
● Soil moisture-based irrigation controllers
● Spray sprinkler bodies
Products with this label are 20% more water-efficient than their traditional counterparts and can be easily found in local retailers!
Keep your soil cool and happy
Did you know that you can significantly reduce outdoor water use if you give your soil extra TLC? Incorporate these tips into your landscaping practices to keep your soil cool and your plants healthy:
● Water plants in the early morning or evening to avoid water lost to evaporation
● Spread organic mulch over the ground to prevent excessive evaporation and dryness
● Supplement soil with compost to increase the soil’s water-holding capacity
Use recycled water for landscape irrigation
It’s essential to give the water we use a second life. That’s why recycling water for landscape purposes has been a common practice throughout Southern California. Recycling plants utilize a multistep advanced filtration process to meet state quality standards and prepare it for distribution.
Not only does recycled water irrigate public parks, campuses, and golf courses to keep spaces green but can also be used for concrete production, composting, and construction purposes. Consider sourcing your irrigation water supply from water recycling plants to help increase water supply reliability and reduce the need to import costly water!