Friday, June 19, 2009

Simple Ways to Reduce Yard Water Use

The Pasadena Department of Water and Power determined that residential customers use approximately 112 gallons per day per person, much of which is being used ineffectively by wasteful outdoor watering methods.
  1. Save up to 20 gallons per leak per day of wasted water by fixing leaks in your sprinkler system.
  2. Adjust outdoor sprinkler systems so they don’t spray on sidewalks and patios, this will help eliminate up to 25 gallons per minute of wasted water.
  3. Remember to install a water recycling system if your home or business maintains decorative fountains or ponds.
  4. Garden and landscape watering should be done before 10:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m., this way less water will be wasted through evaporation. This can save up to 25 gallons of water usage per day.
  5. Install a smart irrigation controller that automatically waters plants based on the weather conditions and soil moisture.
See more tips in Diane Tegarden's story for the Examiner >>


BeWaterWise Rep said...

Fresh water levels in Southern California have already dropped alarmingly. Water shortage is a growing concern in the region. And with the summers approaching, water consumption is expected to rise, especially outdoors. These tips on water wise landscaping will definitely help reduce water consumption in your gardens. In fact, to make matters easier, has designed a water calculator that can estimate the amount of water a garden would need every week -
This will help reduce wastage of water because of over watering.

Anonymous said...

It's too bad that your calculator only works for zip codes within urban Southern California! Guess it's time to buy a smart-controller to handle my watering schedule for me....

HydroPoint said...

Actually the HydroPoint savings calculator projects water, energy and cost savings for any landscape in the U.S. Check it out at:

That said, we agree it is time for you to buy a smart controller!

Portland Sprinkler Repair said...

Very good article. Everyone with a sprinkler system should consider the ways they can help conserve water. If we are smart, we can still keep watering our landscapes for decades to come and also prevent water shortages at the same time. But it's going to take a collective effort of people willing to make the right changes to make this happen.

At our company, we have been installing the new Rain Bird ESP-SMT Controller for our customers over the past year. We've installed about 20 new systems using this controller and upgraded another 15 systems with this controller. I like the Rain Bird smart controller for a lot of reasons. But any smart controller is better than the old time-based controllers.

I think most people are open minded to saving water and upgrading to these controllers. I just find usually they have never heard of them before. We all need to do our part and keep getting the word out.

>Portland Sprinkler Repair

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