Were you aware that July is “Smart Irrigation Month?” It is an initiative promoted by the Irrigation Association, a national not-for-profit industry organization dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation. Although I would prefer there be no irrigation whatsoever, I know not everyone shares my philosophy. So promoting the efficient use of irrigation is the next best thing.
During July irrigation companies are working with landscapers and the Green industry to promote efficient water use. July is typically the start of the peak demand for summer outdoor water use, so “Smart Irrigation Month” promotes the use of some simple practices and innovative technologies to make maintaining landscaping easier, minimize water usage, save money and protect our water supply.
There are a variety of programs being promoted throughout the USA. Some include projects such as upgrading the Community Lutheran Church’s landscape and irrigation system in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. Others include rebates such as Miami-Dade’s Water and Sewer Department rebate program. In other parts of the country, local water agencies are partnering with local licensed landscape contractors to help homeowners select plants to minimize water usage and licensed irrigation contractors are offering a discount to maintain or upgrade systems.
If you use an irrigation system consider having a licensed irrigation contractor evaluate your system as soon as possible, but especially this month. Broken heads, leaky seals, excessive pressure and poor coverage all waste precious potable water. Outdated control systems which cannot sense weather or rain and shut off the system, also cause wasted water. Overspray and runoff obviously waste our precious water.
Also consider replacing your old turf grass areas with some of new water-efficient grass blends or sod available on the market.