Watering and Irrigation

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Efficient watering practices are one of the best ways to conserve water both during and between droughts.

Bubblers

Bubbler irrigation is a localized, low pressure, solid permanent installation system used for watering plants and shrubs. Each plant has a round or square basin which is flooded with water during irrigation. The system uses bubblers to produce low volumes of water that can efficiently infiltrate into the soil and wet the root zone. 

Drip Irrigation?

Drip irrigation is a method of watering that applies water directly to the root area of plants through a system of tubing. It is ideal for drought conditions because it is both efficient and economical.  The lines can become clogged so many professionals prefer to use bubblers.

  • Drip irrigation is usually more than 90% efficient at allowing plants to use the water given, because water is applied slowly and directly to the root zone. In contrast, sprinklers are at best 65-75% efficient.
  • Drip irrigation reduces evaporation and runoff thus reducing the total amount of water used.
  • Saves time, money, and water because the system is so efficient
  • Can be easily installed on diverse types and shapes of terrain
  • Keeps moisture at an optimal range, increasing plant health and productivity
  • Reduces weed growth by keeping other areas dry

Additional Ways to Save

The optimal time for watering your lawn is the early morning (around 5 a.m.) due to: the lack of evaporation that takes place and “morning dew” that adds to the moisture. It also allows the water to soak deeper while allowing the landscaping to dry in the day time to prevent harmful lawn diseases from too much moisture.

  • Check sprinklers for leaks and make sure they are spraying on plants and not impermeable surfaces, like sidewalks or driveways, or install more efficient watering systems like drip or bubblers.
  • Don’t use sprinkler systems on windy days
  • Plant drought tolerant landscaping. Save 30-60 gallons every time you water 1,000 square ft.
  • Put mulch around existing plants to act as an insulator. You will have to water less frequently; saving 20-30 gallons per 1,000 square ft. Organic mulch will also improve soil and prevent weeds
  • Know how much water your plants actually need. Many species need little to no water every day.

Outside Irrigation Ordinance Requirements

  • Outdoor irrigation is prohibited between 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
  • A maximum of 15 minutes per station except for *15-minute maximum irrigation per station does not apply to landscape irrigation systems that use highly efficient components such as low volume drip type irrigation, stream rotator sprinklers and/or soil moisture-based or weather-based controllers.
  • No watering during rainfall and 48 hours afterwards.
  • No excessive runoff. No washing down of hard or paved surfaces.
  • For more information please refer to our water conservation FAQs section.

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