Rain, sun, thunderstorms, and rainbows. It’s definitely spring in Oregon!
If you’re planning to water outdoors during the summer, now is a great time to spruce up your irrigation system. If you don’t currently have a system in place or if you’re looking to upgrade, check out our Irrigation Rebates and save on qualifying sprinkler heads and irrigation controllers.
Whether your irrigation system is old or new, maintenance can help save you a lot of money and water! Experts estimate that as much as half of the water we use outdoors is wasted due to evaporation, wind, or runoff caused by inefficient irrigation methods and systems.
Follow these four simple steps to make sure you’re ready for summer—inspect, connect, direct, and select:
- Inspect. Check your system for clogged, broken, or missing sprinkler heads or hoses. Not ready to do it yourself? Go with a pro—find an irrigation professional WaterSense-certified Portland metro area professional.
- Connect. Examine places where the sprinkler heads connect to pipes/hoses. If water is pooling in your landscape or you have large soggy areas, you could have a leak in your system. A leak as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen (1/32 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 living things.
- 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. And Portland Water Bureau customers who install an approved WaterSense-labeled controller are eligible for an irrigation rebate for $100–$500 (limits apply).
Learn more about maintaining a water-smart yard by visiting our Water Efficiency page.