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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Spruce up your sprinkler system and save with the city

Spruce up your sprinkler system and save with the city

Spring has arrived! Warmer weather in Westminster leads to increases in landscape irrigation. Before you ramp up your watering, be sure to spruce up your irrigation system.

System maintenance can help save you a lot of money and water. Cracks in pipes can lead to costly leaks and broken sprinkler heads can waste water and money. You could be losing up to 25,000 gallons of water over a six-month irrigation season.

Learn more about maintaining a water-smart yard by visiting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense website.

Now is the perfect time to spruce up your irrigation system. To get started, follow these four simple steps—inspect, connect, direct, and select:

  • Inspect. Check your system for clogged, broken or missing sprinkler heads. Better yet, go with a pro. Find an irrigation professional certified by a WaterSense-labeled irrigation program to do the work for you.
  • Connect. Examine points where the sprinkler heads connect to pipes/hoses. If water is pooling in your landscape or you have large soggy areas, you could have a leak in your system. A leak as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen 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.

Don’t forget to add “sprinkler spruce-up” to your spring cleaning list this year.

Learn more about why we value water so much in Westminster.

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