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Spring Start-up Tips for Your Irrigation System

It’s been a long, hard winter for your yard. While plants go dormant to cope with the colder weather, your sprinkler system doesn’t always fare as well. Cracks in the pipes can lead to costly leaks, and broken sprinkler heads can waste water and money. Now is the perfect time to spruce up your irrigation system so you don’t waste water and money this summer! 

Before you ramp up your watering this spring, look over your irrigation system by remembering these four simple tips: inspect, connect, direct, and select:

  • Inspect. Check your system for clogged, broken or missing sprinkler heads. If you’re not the do-it-yourself type, look for an irrigation professional certified through a WaterSense labeled program. View a list of list of WaterSense partners in the Portland area.
  • Connect.  Examine points where the sprinkler heads connect to pipes/hoses. If water pools in your landscape or you have large wet areas, you could have a leak in your system. A leak about as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen (or 1/32nd of an inch) can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month.
  • Direct. Are you watering the driveway, house, or sidewalk instead of your yard? Redirect sprinklers to apply water only to the landscape.
  • Select. An improperly scheduled irrigation controller can waste a lot of water and money. Update your system’s schedule with the seasons, or select a WaterSense labeled controller to take the guesswork out of scheduling. 

The Portland Water Bureau efficiency program offers many helpful resources to customers wanting to water their landscapes wisely this summer:

Sabrina Litton
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