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When it comes to a home’s irrigation system, a little maintenance goes a long way. Cracks in pipes can lead to costly leaks, and broken sprinkler heads can waste water and money.
Irrigation Water Use Facts
Residential outdoor water use across the United States accounts for nearly 9 billion gallons of water each day, mainly for landscape irrigation.
Experts estimate that as much as half of the water we use outdoors is being wasted due to evaporation, wind, or runoff caused by inefficient irrigation methods and systems.
Homes with clock-timer-controlled irrigation systems use about 50% more water outdoors than homes without irrigation systems. Your system can waste even more if it’s programmed incorrectly, a sprinkler head is pointed in the wrong direction, or you have a leak.
A clock-timer-controlled irrigation system that isn’t properly programmed or maintained can waste as much as 25,000 gallons of water annually.
A broken or missing sprinkler head could waste as much as 25,000 gallons of water and $280 over a six-month irrigation season.
Before you ramp up watering this season, spruce up your irrigation system by remembering four simple steps: inspect, connect, direct and select.
Learn more about conserving water in times of drought here, and get help maintaining a water-smart yard by visiting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense website at www.epa.gov/watersense/outdoors.
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