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Save Water and Keep Your Lawn Green with This Simple Change to Your Home Irrigation System

Fact: July is Smart Irrigation Month, a time to check your home irrigation system and see how it’s working for you.

To help you celebrate this special time of the year (Hello, sunshine!), let’s get nerdy about spray heads.

When you have an automatic irrigation system, you have spray heads that distribute the water on your landscape.

A Smarter Way to Water

Fixed spray heads spray water droplets in a fan shape.

Multi-stream rotating nozzles can use less water than traditional fixed spray heads.

Have you ever looked at a traditional spray head and noticed water misting near the nozzle head? That’s because most traditional spray heads don’t work efficiently at higher pressures, which can lead to water-wasting evaporation that appears as a fine mist.

Multi-stream rotating nozzles are a great water-saving solution to keep your plants green and happy. They operate at a range of pressures, so they don’t cause the evaporating mist. The nozzles provide more uniform coverage than fixed spray heads by shooting out rotating streams of water, preventing gaps and dry spots.

Why switch to multi-stream rotating nozzles?

  1. Easy installation. Most conventional fixed spray heads can be easily swapped out for multi-stream rotating nozzles.
  2. Easy on the wallet. At about $6 a nozzle, multi-stream rotating nozzles are a relatively inexpensive way to improve your watering system.
  3. Free money! If you purchase multi-stream rotating nozzles, you may qualify for a rebate of $3 per nozzle from the Portland Water Bureau. Check the list for qualifying hardware, then send in a completed rebate application with the receipts or invoices attached.

Celebrate smart irrigation in your yard this summer! Pick up multi-stream rotating nozzles at your local irrigation specialty store, apply for a rebate, and let the water savings begin.


Our Water Efficiency team can help: 503-823-4527 or

Learn more about Portland Water Bureau irrigation rebates: