Daylight Savings Time Can Bring Lower Water Costs
TAMPA, FL (November 2, 2015) – Daylight savings time is a great time to adjust your irrigation clocks and reset your irrigation run times to see easy water savings on your fall and winter water bills.
“Our customers may save 640 to 800 gallons of water weekly by setting their irrigation run times according to UF/IFAS recommendations,” said Chuck Weber, water department director. “We think that is significant, and the study showed the turfgrass had no significant differences in quality under decreased irrigation schedules, compared to turfgrass where the irrigation run times were not adjusted seasonally.”
For the fall season, reduce the run time for spray heads to 15 minutes and rotor heads to 30 minutes. In December, change your irrigation run times for even more savings: zero minutes for spray heads and 10 minutes for rotors. These are science-based recommendations developed by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). Visit www.edis.ifas.ufl.edu to download document AE287. Or send your request to SaveWater@tampagov.net and the information will be emailed to you.
This is also a good time to replace the back-up battery in your irrigation controller and check your rain sensor. Tampa Water customers without a rain sensor can order one free of charge at tampagov.net/savewater or by calling (813) 274-8121 option #5.