How Much Water is Your Irrigation System Wasting?

irrigation system managementMore than two trillion gallons of water are still lost every year, and a significant portion of this loss comes from undetected leaks caused by irrigation systems.

Common signs of an undiscovered leak include a surprising increase in water usage – even though water use routines haven’t changed – and an equal increase in water costs. There may also be intervals of low water pressure.

There are ways to tame high water bills. If they are the result of changing water use dynamics, property owners and managers can:

● Water less often but longer. This encourages deeper plant roots and increases soil moisture, albeit at deeper levels.

● Use native or indigenous plants, and xeriscaping, to create a landscape that is both beautiful and less water intensive.

● Install sensors to shut off irrigation systems if it starts raining.

● Modify sprinkler patterns to match the lawn, garden, or decorative shrubs, and eliminate watering the driveway, parking, or pavement.

● Raise sprinkler heads that are blocked by shrubs or other foliage.

● Install WaterSignal to monitor leaks and usage in real time.

WaterSignal offers users an easy-to-use centralized dashboard of current water consumption across all locations, no matter how geographically separate.

In addition, WaterSignal’s new Monthly Calendar Report, or MCR, highlights a property’s domestic and irrigation usage in a calendar format, with updates noting the type of loss/leak at the top of each day/date, and all irrigation usage will be displayed as green instead of blue on graphs, to help distinguish between domestic and irrigation operations.

By taking advantage of WaterSignal’s unique hourly and daily alert levels, owners and managers won’t be blindsided by enormous water bills. This is doubly important in areas where water meters are often estimated and actually read only every few months or so.

Contact WaterSignal today to learn how to optimize your irrigation system.