We are in a drought here in California. A phrase I have been hearing my entire life, but I still take it seriously and try not to be wasteful.
I will be posting water saving tips as often as I can through the spring and summer months.
My water saving advice today is related specifically to sprinklers or watering systems and it is very simple.
Watch when your sprinklers or watering systems run to check for needed repairs or adjustments.
A few years back a neighbor told me about a broken sprinkler she happened to see because our sprinklers ran the same time she left for work everyday. We never happened to see it. Since then I try to check things out twice a year and it paid off this year. We ran a check on the watering system in the backyard recently and discovered a leak that could have gone undetected for a very long time.
As you can see in the pictures there was no obvious problem besides the puddle. Timing and location might have kept us from noticing this puddle for quite some time. There was a crack in a sprinkler head below the surface we w0uldn’t know about until we watched our system running to check for possible adjustments in spray pattern or timing.
It was a easy fix to replace the sprinkler head (it just screws off/on) and no more water is being wasted watering our pavers instead of the grass.
Take a few minutes to check out your watering system regularly , it’s worth it!