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July is Smart Irrigation Month

By Lindsay Wochnick 3 Comments

Water late in the evening or early in the morning!

Summer water use really starts to rise in July as Portlanders get to work watering their lawns, flowers and vegetable gardens. This trend holds true across the country, so in order to increase awareness about smart water use outdoors, the Irrigation Association named July as Smart Irrigation Month.

Create a vibrant outdoor space by following a few tips when it comes to irrigating your lawn and landscape: 

  • Water when the potential for evaporation is low – late in the evening or, preferably, early in the morning.
  • If you water your landscape with a hand-held hose, use a device with an automatic shutoff nozzle.
  • Use a drip irrigation system in planting beds that allows water to work its way slowly into the soil and keeps evaporation to a minimum.
  • If using an in-ground automatic irrigation system, regularly inspect and repair broken heads and pipes immediately.

Remember, a well-designed and well-maintained irrigation system will use water efficiently while creating a healthy landscape for years to come.

Click here for additional ways to make every drop count in your landscape.

Sabrina Litton
Portland Water Bureau Efficiency Program

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July 12, 2013 at 5:28 AM

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October 10, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Always perform routine maintenance on your existing sprinklers. Not only will they last longer, but they can also give your lawn more accurate watering.For example,Clean out the dirt from inside the sprinkler head as well. You can do this by removing the head and flushing it out with water from the tap or hose. Then, test your sprinklers during the day and watch out for any problems.....Most efficient use of water comes only from most efficient use of your irrigation systems.For more help check out this link:

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