Texas Living

Water Smart This Summer

By Leslie F. Halleck 5.13.15

One of the biggest environmental issues we face here in Texas is water availability and conservation. With persistent drought a reality and water restrictions getting tighter, we all need to do what we can to use water smartly in our landscaping.

A majority of water use that occurs during summer months is used in maintaining our landscapes. In Texas, that can be as much as 60 percent of overall water consumption. But did you know that as much as 50 percent to 70 percent of the water applied by irrigation systems can be wasted? Traditional irrigation systems, heads, and watering techniques lose water to evaporation, runoff, and wind. So what can you do to water smarter?

Schedule an Audit

An annual audit of your automatic sprinkler system can alert you to leaks, broken heads, pressure problems, and other issues affecting your system. Hire a certified irrigation specialist to audit your system.

Update to Drip

Older systems and traditional irrigation heads waste a lot of water. Consider renovating your system to drip irrigation in order to deliver water directly to the plant’s root zone.

Install a Smart Controller

Smart controllers can be programmed to take into account your soil types, plant types in each zone, sun exposure, and even your zip code. They even allow you to program the best time and the amount of water to deliver to each area of your landscape. Using a smart controller allows you to deliver only the amount of water your plants really need when they need it and reduce or eliminate runoff.