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April 05/2023

Tips for Reducing Outdoor Water Consumption This Summer

After many months of winter, summer is finally here. Property owners are looking to restore the health and aesthetics of their lawns, which means providing sufficient water and nutrients. The most effective way to achieve this without increasing your water bill or compromising the community’s water supply is to hire a professional sprinkler repair service. At Atlanta Irrigation Company, we have experienced irrigation technicians who can help you reduce outdoor water use this summer. Here are a few suggestions to enhance water efficiency outdoors.

Install an Automatic-Rain-Shutoff Device

If you have an irrigation system installation project lined up, consider one with an automatic rain shutoff. This device tells the sprinkler system when to shut off based on the amount of rainfall. The last thing you want is a running irrigation system when it’s raining, flooding the yard, and damaging property. An automatic-rain-shutoff device can save you hundreds of dollars this summer on utility costs.

Update Your System with a Smart Controller

This slightly larger investment incorporates a weather-based irrigation controller that can improve watering efficiency by 40%. If your water bill is higher than usual, consider hiring a professional sprinkler repair service for an upgrade. Integrating this device into your irrigation system provides more control over watering, preventing issues like over and underwatering.

Upgrade to Water-Efficient Emitters

Emitter technology has come a long way over the past decade. If you installed an irrigation system over five years ago, it might be time to upgrade. We can inspect the condition of your rotors, sprinkler heads, and drip irrigation emitters and recommend more efficient alternatives that satisfy your watering needs. You can enjoy a lush lawn without breaking the bank or compromising the quality of your premises.

Eliminate Leaks

Did you know outdoor leaks can waste up to 6,000 gallons annually? Whether it’s a leaking hose, faucet, or emitter, addressing the problem can save you money in the long run. Outdoor leaks usually go undetected until a puddle or soggy patch is in the yard. Our experts leverage standard-industry equipment to conduct in-depth leak detection and repairs. If you prefer a more hands-on approach, ensure you check for leaks every week.

Choose Drought-Tolerant Plants

This summer, plant selection can make a vast difference in outdoor water use. Many homeowners only consider the aesthetic aspect of a plant; forgetting the hydration needs can increase their water bills significantly. Before planting, check with a local arborist or landscape professional for advice on drought-tolerant species. Ideal varieties to grow this summer include yarrow, white fir, sage, and yucca.

Don’t Overwater

This sounds simple, but more water is wasted through overwatering in the summer than at any other time of year. Excessive watering wastes a lot of water and destroys plants by creating ideal conditions for fungal and bacterial diseases. If you detect signs of overwatering, consult a sprinkler repair service for an inspection.

You can implement these suggestions to keep your outdoor spaces pristine with minimal water use. Contact us at Atlanta Irrigation Company to schedule an appointment with our technicians. At competitive rates, we provide various services, such as irrigation system installation, maintenance, and repairs.