July can be a busy time for watering, which is why the Irrigation Association deemed it Smart Irrigation Month — an annual reminder to use water wisely.
Smart irrigation means keeping your system in shape. Do a walk-through of each watering zone once a week to check for:
- Leaks and broken or clogged heads.
- Filters that need to be cleaned.
- Wet areas indicating leaks or low-head drainage.
- Dry spots showing a need to adjust sprinkler heads.
Adjustments that can keep sprinkler heads operating at their most efficient level include:
- Changing spray patterns or positions to water plants, not sidewalks or asphalt.
- Removing obstructions that prevent even water distribution.
- Moving head height as plants grow taller.
These smart watering practices also are part of Denver Water’s regular summer watering rules:
- Do not allow water to pool in gutters, streets and alleys.
- Do not waste water by letting it spray on concrete and asphalt.
- Repair leaking sprinkler systems within 10 days.
- Do not irrigate while it is raining or during high winds.
- Use a hose nozzle with a shut-off valve when washing your car.
Being smart about your irrigation practices and following the summer watering rules are the right things to do in our dry climate.
These best practices help preserve the water stored in our reservoirs, reducing the risk of water restrictions in the future. Efficient outdoor water use also will help keep your landscape healthy.