"Plants Don't Waste Water, People Do!"
Many landscapes suffer from irrigation systems that are inefficient, either because of poor design or poor maintenance over time. These problems lead either to over-watering to keep the entire landscape healthy or dry/brown patches of turf where irrigation is poor.
Save water by making changes to your irrigation system to conserve water. Most landscape irrigation water managers use four to ten times more water than is required. Strive for irrigation efficiency and uniformity. Irrigation efficiency includes the limitation of the system's distribution uniformity, errors of irrigation scheduling, water losses, and poor system maintenance. Three components, pressure, flow and sprinkler spacing influence uniformity.
- Distribution uniformity is the distribution (evenness) of the sprinkler system's application of water.
- Proper irrigation scheduling is applying the right amount of water at the right time to the depth of plant root zones without over watering by deep percolation and causing runoff.
- Irrigation water may be lost through evaporation, wind drift, over spray, low head drainage, runoff, or deep percolation.
- Uncorrected malfunctions of system components, incorrect replacement parts from repairs, and improper adjustments of sprinklers reduce irrigation efficiency and contribute to a large part of waste waste.