Everybody knows that a well maintained irrigation system is the best way to save time, effort and money when watering your lawn. And an automatic system with controllable on-off times is most efficient.
Wasted Water Costs More
Most Texas utilities supplying water either increase the rate per gallon during the summer season, or simply by using a water meter to charge more based on a higher volume of water used. So it makes sense economically to reduce watering to a level that keeps your backyard looking good, but doesn’t water excessively.
Programmable Sprinkler System Controllers
Older controllers (which we recommend updating when doing a sprinkler repair) were based on a timer or clock, and were simply set to water at set times of the week. Electronic controllers allow different sprinkler zones to be programmed with different watering times, both when they are switched on/off and also how long each zone is in operation for. This is useful when many cities determine days of the week allowed to water based by your street number or similar method.
New sprinkler controllers have a water budget function. This feature allows homeowners to adjust the watering times as a whole, without reprogramming each zone separately. The default watering time is initially set to 100% (of the station time), which can then be overridden with a percentage adjustment from 0 to 300%. This allows watering to be varied for unusual or seasonal weather changes.
How Do You Know How Much Water is Enough?
Some progressive cities such as the City of Irving are promoting a service provided by Texas A&M University, known as Water My Yard. Because a healthy lawn actually requires less water than most people think, the service will send regular emails advising water usage needs based on actually measuring the recent weather conditions locally – http://ccssprinkler.com/sprinkler-repair-irving-tx/
This A&M service allows programmable controllers to be adjusted, saving water for both homeowners, and for our environment. If you have a water budget function on your controller, this is really easy to do. Let’s make the most of the internet to water our backyards efficiently!
from Texas A&M University:
The areas served by CCS Sprinkler are: Lewisville, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Corinth, City of Denton, Lake Dallas, Shady Shores, Little Elm, Carrollton, Dallas, The Colony, Oakpoint, Coppell, Irving, Grapevine, Southlake, Trophy Club, and North Richland Hills,Texas.