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Celebrate Smart Irrigation Month during July with a free moisture meter

Posted June 28, 2019

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The Water Department is giving away free moisture meters at participating libraries in July to celebrate Smart Irrigation Month.

Smart Irrigation Month is hosted by the Irrigation Association and encourages water conservation in the landscape. Follow these easy steps to avoid wasting water:

  • Get in the zone. Schedule each individual zone in your irrigation system to account for type of sprinkler, sun or shade exposure and soil in that section. Different zones will almost always need different watering schedules.
  • Consider soil type. Type of soil determines how quickly water can be absorbed without runoff. Watering more than the soil can absorb causes runoff and waste.
  • Don’t send water down the drain. Set sprinklers to water plants, not your driveway, sidewalk, patio or buildings.
  • Water only when needed. Saturate root zones and let the soil dry. Watering too much and too frequently results in shallow roots, weed growth, disease and fungus.
  • Water at the best time. Watering during the heat of the day may cause losses of up to 30 percent due to evaporation. Prevent water loss by watering when the sun is low or down, winds are calm and temperatures are lower — typically between the evening and early morning.
  • Water more often for shorter periods. For example, setting your system to run for three, five-minute intervals lets soil absorb more water than watering for 15 minutes at one time, reducing runoff.
  • Adapt watering to the season. Familiarize yourself with the settings on your irrigation controller and adjust the watering schedule regularly based on seasonal weather conditions. Or invest in a smart controller so your system can make these changes automatically.

Moisture meters are available throughout July. Limit one per household. Call 817-392-8740 or email the Water Department for a list of participating locations.

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