Home & Garden

Water-wise tip: Two minutes can add up to many gallons

This is part of a weekly feature in Home & Garden, highlighting ways residents can save water.

•  Reduce each irrigation cycle by two minutes.

Two minutes may not sound like much. But a typical pop-up sprinkler-based irrigation system has five to eight stations per cycle with several sprinklers per station. Each sprinkler head blasts water at 2 gallons per minute.

If you trim every station by two minutes, you’ll save at least 80 gallons every time you turn on the sprinklers. If you irrigate twice a week, that can add up to 8,320 a year in water savings.

For more tips, visit www.BeWaterSmart.info.

– Debbie Arrington