Conserving Water Saves Energy and Money

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A majority of your water use and water waste occurs outdoors, especially during the hot summer months. That’s why being water efficient is especially important this time of year.Carmichael Water District, SMUD and other Regional Water Authority water providers are urging customers to water outdoors only between midnight and 10:00a.m., and avoid the peak demand times of 5 to 8 a.m. Scheduling your sprinkling times during these time periods helps two ways: you increase your water efficiency by reducing water loss through evaporation and you help save energy by putting less strain on the power grid during peak demand times.

 

 

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Before you begin your next irrigation/gardening project, pick up a brochure titled “Easy Water-Wise Gardening” or “Water Efficient Landscapes” at the District office. In it you will find helpful tips and resources.

 
 

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How much water are you using?

Are you using more water than you thought? Take a look at your bill. The average daily water use in our District is approximately 822 gallons per household per day. You’d be surprised at how much water you are using and money you can save by following conservation tips.

Today, water conservation has many meanings. It means storing, saving, reducing or recycling water.

For Carmichael Water District, it means:

  • encouraging residents to install and use high efficiency plumbing fixtures and educate them about water-saving habits
  • promoting installation and conversion to water-efficient landscapes
  • reducing peak demands to avoid the extra costs of investing in additional pumping and treatment plants
  • metering water (customers pay for what they use)

Irrigation Methods

Drip irrigation is the most efficient method of watering for non-turf areas such as bedded plants, trees or shrubs. Drip systems minimize or eliminate evaporation, impede weed growth and may help prevent grass diseases caused by under or over watering.

Soaker hoses are an inexpensive alternative to drip irrigation. Soil moisture should be monitored to determine when enough water has been applied.

In-ground irrigation systems can be automatic, manual or a combination. The automatic system can provide an efficient method of irrigating lawns because controllers turn the system off after a predetermined amount of time so a measured amount of water is applied. Check timing devices regularly to make sure they are operating properly. Watch for broken or misdirected sprinklers.

If using a hose and sprinkler, place the sprinkler in the area that is driest. Allow the sprinkler to run the proper length of time and adjust the hose and sprinkler until it waters just the grass or shrubs, not paved areas.

Sprinkler-pictureDrip Irrigation  |  Multi Stream Rotator  |  Gear Driven Rotor  |  Fixed Spray  |  Impact Rotor

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DRIP IRRIGATIONFor efficient shrub and garden watering

  • Designed for watering shrubs or individual plants.
  • Applies water precisely to desired areas without watering non growth areas.
  • When well designed and maintained, it can eliminate runoff and evaporation.
  • Very adaptable.
  • Requires regular maintenance for clogging and breaks.

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MULTI STREAM ROTOR– For efficient turf watering

  • Designed for small to medium areas (4 – 30 ft radius).
  • Precipitation Rate = .3 – .5 in. per hour.
  • Applies water slowly and uniformly, which reduces runoff.
  • Allows water to soak in gently.
  • Nozzles can be easily installed on existing spray system.
  • The most efficient sprinkler for turf.

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GEAR DRIVEN ROTOR– For large turf areas

  • Designed for medium to large areas (18-55 ft radius).
  • Precipitation Rate = .2 – .8 in. per hour.
  • Lower precipitation rate is good for slopes or clay.
  • More versatile and efficient than impact.
  • Require little maintenance due to the enclosed body design.
  • Quiet.

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FIXED SPRAY– For small turf areas

  • Designed for smaller areas (3-15 ft radius).
  • Precipitation Rate = 1 – 2 in. per hour.
  • Impact action creates mist which increases the amount of water lost to evaporation.
  • Coverage uniformity is poor.
  • Brass or bronze models are very durable, but they do require regular maintenance and adjustments.
  • Can be noisy.

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IMPACT ROTOR

– For large turf areas

  • Designed for large areas (20-150 ft radius).
  • Precipitation Rate = 1 – 2 in. per hour.
  • Impact action creates mist which increases the amount of water lost to evaporation.
  • Coverage uniformity is poor.
  • Brass or bronze models are very durable, but they do require regular maintenance and adjustments.
  • Can be noisy.

Check out this great water saving link: www.h2ouse.net
It’s a great resource for learning ways to drastically reduce your water consumtion. There you can find information on the following:

  • Take a home tour for water saving opportunities
    (indoor/outdoor)
  • Top 5 actions to save water in and around your home
    Save Water, Money and Energy Now!

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