eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle

© SDCWA 2013

WaterSmart is where our San Diego lifestyle and water efficiency meet. Each step you take has the potential to enhance your lifestyle, increase the value of your home, save money and inspire a neighbor to do the same.

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Ideas Water Like a Pro Here are 10 essential steps to saving water in the garden you have or in the new one you design 1. Check Your Water Pressure Do you know your home's water pressure? It's easy to find out. Buy a pressure gauge at a garden supply store, screw it on to a hose bib and turn the water on all the way. If you have a hose bib located on the water line before the line enters the house, test the pressure there as it will tell you the available pressure before water passes through the pressure regulator for the house. High water pressure – over 70 psi – can cause sprinklers to fog, reducing the amount of water that is applied to your garden. Installing a pressure regulator or sprinklers with pressure regulating stems will control the issue. Low water pressure – under 30 psi – can reduce a sprinkler's distance, leaving unwatered areas. The solution for low water pressure is to use drip irrigation as much as possible, because it is designed to operate at lower pressure. 2. Inspect Your System The one downside of early-morning watering is that most homeowners are sleeping and irrigation problems go undiscovered. Once a month, manually cycle through each irrigation zone. Check, adjust, or replace sprinkler heads and drip emitters that are missing, blocked, broken, or watering hardscape. When you replace a sprinkler head, make sure it has the same precipitation rate as the other heads in that irrigation zone. 92

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