Fall Behind and Get Ahead With Water Savings

03/18/15
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TAMPA, FL (October 30, 2014) –Use that extra hour you’ll gain from the daylight savings time change on November 2 to reset your irrigation clocks and run times, and get ahead with easy water savings. Homeowners who reduce their irrigation run times in fall and winter may use 16% less water for irrigation, annually. For fall, reduce the run time for spray heads to 15 minutes and rotor heads to 30 minutes; recommended run times for winter are 0 minutes for spray heads and 10 minutes or less for rotors.

“Be sure to reset your irrigation clocks on November 2, and reduce your irrigation run times for the fall season when landscapes and turfgrass are going dormant,” said Brad Baird, Tampa Water Department Director. “We encourage our customers to use the scientific research-based recommendations developed by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) for managing their automatic irrigation systems.”

UF/IFAS found that adjusting the controller setting seasonally can lead to a 640 to 800 gallon savings per week based on typical system usage. Furthermore, the turfgrass had no significant differences in quality under decreased irrigation schedules, compared to turfgrass where the irrigation run times were not adjusted seasonally. Visit Lawn & Garden - EDIS - Electronic Data Information Source - UF/IFAS Extension to download document AE287 as well as other lawn and garden publications.

You can learn how to change your irrigation controller settings by watching the CTTV video “When it’s Time to Fall Back, Change the Time for Your Lawn Watering” at http://youtu.be/Ho_5op6jWOM.

This is also a good time to maintain your rain sensor and make sure it’s working. 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.