July is Smart Irrigation Month
Along with the Irrigation Association, Soquel Creek Water District recognizes July as Smart Irrigation Month. It's the month when irrigation water use typically peaks and is a good time for everyone to find ways to reduce their landscape water needs. Here are some resources, rebates and tips for Smart Irrigation!
- Rebates that improve watering efficiency and help upgrade your irrigation system and save water:
- Weather-based irrigation controller: Install new irrigation systems that use real-time weather data to automatically adjust watering to meet plant needs.
- Rainwater catchment: Collect rainwater from your roof and use it to irrigate your landscape.
- Greywater to Landscape: Laundry rinse water, shower/bath and bathroom sink drains can be directed to the landscape.
- Turf removal
- Drip Irrigation conversion
- Redirect your downspouts to a swale: Slow it, Spread it Sink it.
- Rain Shut-off device for your timer: never water in the rain
- Pressure reducing valve (PRV): Homes with high pressure over 80 psi can reduce pressure with a PRV to prevent irrigation pipe bursts and leaks.
- Sub-meter rebate: Install a sub-meter on your irrigation system to really track how much water your irrigation system uses.
- Free irrigation tools: Come into the office 5180 Soquel Dr., Soquel 8am-5pm
- Free 5 pattern hose nozzles: Required on all hoses but offered for free to District customers.
- Schedule a free water-wise house or business call with a water conservation specialist. The water conservation specialist can look at your irrigation system and timer and offer suggestions on saving water and irrigating efficiently.
- Look closely at your irrigation schedule and check out these sample irrigation schedules and watering tips for our area. Be sure sprinklers come on after after 8pm and before 10 am to reduce water loss.
Tools and Irrigation Calculators provided by the Irrigation Association can help determine exactly how much to water your plants and so much more.
Hire a Certified Green Green Gardener who is trained in sustainable gardening and irrigation management and can help repair broken irrigation systems. Or hire a Certified Irrigation Association Contractor
- Plant and maintain low water landscapes that will thrive in our climate and site conditions with little to no water. See Water-Smart Gardening for inspiration, plant choices and other irrigation resources.
- Learn about other ways to save water in your garden at watersavingtips.org