Like it or not the conservation era is upon us. Conservation includes our most basic resource “WATER”. Plano and North Texas have a booming population growth with no new sources of water. The federal EPA has blocked the construction of every new reservoir that the North Texas Municipal Water District had planned for our growth. Therefore, we better start using our water as efficiently as possible.
Over the past few years “ET controllers or Smart controllers” have been introduced. However, since they work based on historical weather data and most are difficult to operate, their success has been limited. Fortunately, it has not taken long for real solutions to arrive. The most effective method for efficient water use in a landscape is obviously soil moisture sensors.
Currently there are affordable sensors on the market. The best in our opinion is the Base Line Water Tec S 100 (soil moisture sensors). This product can be added to almost any existing system as well as on new systems. Once installed and calibrated the Base Line really needs no further attention. This one simple addition cuts landscape water usage on average by 50%, easily paying for itself in 1 to 2 years depending on the size of your yard.
The other method of saving water is in the actual application of the water via the sprinkler heads. On this front, the best product available is the new TORO precision nozzle. It emits 33% less water than standard nozzles and has an 85% coverage efficiency, as opposed to a 63% coverage efficiency of standard nozzles. This nozzle can be installed on any existing spray head. Cost varies with each system, depending on the number of spray heads. This along with pressure regulation can dramatically reduce landscape water usage. We can usually give you a close estimate for converting your system over the phone. Both of these solutions will pay for themselves in lower water bills and a healthier and more beautiful landscape, as well as save money and conserve “water”.