Spring has arrived! As you begin your clean-ups this spring, it’s the perfect time to spruce up your irrigation system too. Did you know that as much as 50% of the water we use outdoors is wasted from inefficient watering methods and systems? Luckily, curbing water waste is as easy as 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 (1/32 of an inch) 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.
Protecting and preserving New Hampshire’s water supply is critical to our economy, the environment, and human health. Water is not an infinite resource and in New Hampshire, we are faced with a growing population, ongoing development, changing climate trends, and very old water infrastructure, all of which put pressure on our water resources. Residential water users are the largest water users in the state and have significant potential for using water more efficiently. To ensure enough clean water for you, your family, and future generations join the We’re for Water campaign! Choose WaterSense labeled products for your home and yard and take simple steps to save water each day. You will save water, save energy, and save money!