Seven must-do landscape water-saving tips

July 5, 2011 -  By

Irrigation expert Bruce Moore Sr. president of Eastern Land Management, shares seven water conservation steps to reduce waste of valuable potable water at your place of business.

  1. Inventory all water consuming machinery. Examples: plumbing, sinks, toilets, showers, heating equipment, cooling towers, boilers, pools, spas, fountains, and landscape irrigation, document and fix leaks.
  2. Conduct a water audit: Consult a licensed landscape irrigation expert for analysis and recommendation. Example: installing water monitoring sub-meters to measure source flow.
  3. Create a written water usage management plan. Make it company policy and issue a statement to employees.
  4. Leaky irrigation systems are notorious as one-source water wasters. Almost every 3-5 year old system leaks, watering unnecessary areas, running off into streets, walkways, gutters. Broken sprinkler heads are a big culprit.
  5. For sidewalk hosing, retire the common hose/nozzle using 8-12 gal. per minute. Replace with a pressurized Waterbroom to save about 9 gpm.
  6. Future plumbing purchases? Look for the EPA approved WaterSense label, that assures 30 percent in savings.
  7. Consider Xeriscaping: Landscapes that use hardy native species, drought resistant plants, grasses, and trees to minimize need for water.

A smart irrigation strategy will not only save money and enhance your landscape, but it will help your business move one step closer to sustainability. So go ahead… kick off a company initiative to preserve precious potable water.

Eastern Land Management is a full-service commercial landscape and irrigation management company in southeastern Conn., and Westchester County, N.Y.

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