Accidental Conservationists Jason and Monica, still walking on air after getting a $100 rebate from the Central Utah Water Conservancy District for their new EPA WaterSense labeled sprinkler controller, quickly came back down to earth when it came time to install it.
“After 20 years in the water business, you’d think I’d figure it out. But I apparently checked in my water-brain at work,” said Monica. Catch Jason and Monica’s installation efforts here!
But what they found out about coordinating your existing sprinkler system to the new technology, an effort that added another $300 to the cost of their update, can save you grief in the long run.
For starters, realize that just because it works doesn’t mean it’s efficient. If you notice the sprinklers leaving portions of your lawn dry, for example, you might have to tweak your system.
That’s the time to make friends with the lawn department at your local home improvement store. Jason and Monica realized their system’s water pressure was so high—almost double what’s recommended for the controller—that it came out of the pop-up sprayer as a mist.
A simple pressure gauge that screws directly on the sprinkler spigot sells for about $5 and will quickly give you the numbers you need.
Once that’s squared away, you’ll want to come up with a Google Maps image of your home. That allows you to properly zone the pop-up spigots.
“You don’t want to water the concrete and leave the flower beds dry,” Monica said.
Work with your local store to explore your options, beginning with getting the right controller for your particular system, she added. In our next episode of “The Accidental Conservationists,” we’ll find out how the numbers added up in the end. (Spoiler alert: They’re smiling!)
Don’t have a smart controller yet? Because the rebate program was so popular, only a limited number of $50 rebates are still available. Act fast! Here are the details:
For more information on the CUWCD rebate program for residential use, visit our website.