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sprinkler picLandscape watering typically accounts for the majority of household water use during summer months. Higher water use increases water bills — and increases the demand on our water supply.  An automatic sprinkler system provides a convenience, but people have a responsibility to operate their systems efficiently and effectively.

According to the EPA, if you set your sprinkler system to run automatically and it is not programmed properly, you could use up to 35 percent more water than your neighbors without a sprinkler system. To maintain maximum control of your water use, we recommend you operate your sprinkler system manually.   However, if you decide to run your sprinkler system on the automatic setting, take the time to check out some helpful tips at http://northtexaswateriq.org/control-your-sprinkler/ to ensure you don’t put an unnecessary strain on our water supply, or your wallet.

One of the first things you can do is verify the settings on your irrigation controllers and/or timers. Make sure your system is set to water when and how much you want and that you are not watering more than twice a week as stated in the current water restrictions. 

Here is a helpful calculator that can help you see how much water you really use based on your irrigation cycles.

Be sure your sprinkler system controller has a fresh battery so that it can maintain the watering schedule in the event of a power outage.  Without this backup energy supply, the controller goes back to the default settings — often watering every day.  Please note that reported power outages during the last cycle may have been a factor in the unplanned increase in irrigation use for some customers.

Conduct a full irrigation system audit – An audit of the irrigation system has been shown to be the most effective tool for maximizing water use efficiency in the landscape.  Irrigation audits consist of three main activities: Site inspection, performance testing, and irrigation scheduling.  

Not sure how much water your lawn really needs?   Sign up for WaterMyYard.org at https://www.watermyyard.org/#/Location

By doing this you can receive weekly emails based on local weather conditions which will tell you just how much water you really need to keep your lawn healthy.   The email also shows the length of time to set on your irrigation system cycle.

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