Conservation Tips
 
  • Different parts of your yard have different watering needs. Thus, the sprinkler system should be set up to water the different zones according to their watering needs.
  • Use the proper type of sprinkler head in the proper zone.  For small areas use stationary heads, drip irrigation, or bubblers; for medium areas use spring loaded pop up heads; and for large areas, use gear drive pop-up or impact heads.  Consider designing your system with the Orbit Sprinkler System Designer for optimal head placement.
  • Ensure that all the sprinkler heads in one zone are similar. Do not use a gear drive, pop-ups and drip in the same zone.
  • Install a drip irrigation system. Drip irrigation can minimize your water use as much as 70%.  Only water living things. Make sure your sprinkler heads only apply water to the lawn or shrubs and not to the sidewalk or street.
  • Where possible use xeriscape landscaping. Xeriscaping is a water-saving alternative for yards consisting primarily of grass.
  • Learn how to control your timer. Don't allow your timer to control you!
  • The frequency with which you water should change throughout the year.
  • Water less frequently in the spring and fall, and more frequently in the summer.
  • Perform a water audit using Orbit Catch Cups and wateringschedule.com to save water and determine your specific watering schedule.
  • To avoid runoff on slopes water in cycles; for example, three 5 minute watering periods rather than one 15 minute period.
  • If the area you are watering is flat, it is better to water for longer periods of time to ensure deep soaking.
  • Your lawn does not need daily watering to look green!
  • Irrigate your yard between 10 pm and 6 am to reduce the water loss to evaporation.
  • Water your lawn about one inch per week.
  • Do not water when it rains! A rain sensor will help prevent running your automatic sprinkler system during a rain storm.
  • Perform yearly maintenance for you automatic sprinkler system.
  • Check your sprinkler system in the spring for water line leaks, broken or clogged heads.