Almost half of your water consumption is for outdoor use...
The City of San Antonio, the Edwards Aquifer Authority, and San Antonio Water Systems encourage water conservation through the use of Smart Irrigation Technologies. Recently developed Irrigation Technology now available makes it possible to save as much as 50% of your water use by proactively using real-time data. All of South Texas is in a drought and water conservation should be important to all of us. Did you know that 47% of water use occurs outdoors? That’s almost half of your total water consumption. So what can you do to reduce our water usage you ask. Below I’ve listed for you, in no particular order, my top 10 water conservation tips for South Texas Residents.
There are several ways to save water in your garden or lawn. One effective method is to add mulch to your planter beds. Mulch helps to retain moisture in the soil, reducing the need for frequent watering.
Another way to conserve water is to aerate turf areas. This process can improve drainage and reduce soil compaction, allowing the soil to absorb water more efficiently and reduces runoff.
It's important to always maintain your irrigation system to prevent wasted water. Regularly check for broken heads and lines and repair them promptly or shut your system off to ensure you're not being a water waster. If you don't know how to or don't have the time, hire a professional licensed Irrigator.
Irrigation technology has come a long way in recent years, with new innovations making it easier than ever to conserve water while keeping your lawn and garden healthy. Do your research and find out what upgrades you can do to your irrigation system easily and affordably.
It's important to adjust your controllers frequently to account for changes in weather conditions.
For even greater efficiency, upgrade to a smart controller that can automatically adjust watering schedules based on factors like rainfall and soil moisture levels. These advanced controllers can also be equipped with other features to help you save more water and reduce your environmental impact.
Conserving water is crucial for our state's sustainability. You can also significantly decrease your water usage by reducing the amount of turf in your landscape, as it is one of the highest users of water. Instead, opt for plants that are adapted to the area and require less water. By choosing plants with low water requirements, you can significantly reduce your water consumption and contribute to a more sustainable future.
Innovative irrigation techniques can help conserve water as well and improve watering efficiency. Consider using low-volume irrigation systems like drip irrigation or micro-irrigation systems, which precisely irrigate your landscape.
Retrofitting existing spray-head nozzles with multi-stream rotor nozzles like the MP Rotator can also save up to 50% of water and provide more even irrigation.
Additionally, watering early in the morning can help reduce evaporation and ensure that plants receive the necessary moisture.
Innovations in irrigation technology have made it easier than ever to conserve water. From drip irrigation systems to smart sprinklers that adjust watering schedules based on weather conditions, there are many options available to help reduce water usage. Landscape Design options are now focused on water conservation for South Texas. Do your part and I will do mine!