Home & Garden

Water-wise tip: Get ‘smart’ when irrigating

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

•  Install a “smart” irrigation controller.

For under $200, you can save time, money and lots of water by making your irrigation system atune with what your garden really needs. These controllers adjust watering times and amounts by weather, soil type, sun exposure (such as shade vs. full sun) and plant type. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, these controllers can save an average home more than 8,800 gallons a year. If every home had one nationwide, that adds up to 120 billion gallons in saved water annually – enough to supply the annual needs of more than 1.3 million average American homes. When shopping, look for the “WaterSense” label; that means the system is certified to meet EPA standards.

For more tips, visit www.bewatersmart.info/.

– Debbie Arrington