Save On Your Home Water Bill By Switching To Drip Irrigation

Dated: 01/16/2018

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Years ago I attended a workshop that the county put on and the presenter showed how many loads of laundry is the equivalent of just one zone for 20 minutes on a sprinkler system. I can't remember if it was 50 or 100 or 350 loads, but it was enough to blow me away.

Years later, when we bought our own home, that popped into my mind again as I started paying over $200 a month in water bills during the hottest months of summer in a futile attempt at keeping our lawns green.

When we remodeled our home we replaced ALL the lawn with perennials, bushes, trees and ground cover and installed a drip irrigation system. The result? We pay a little over $60 a month for water during the hottest months. Hmmm. And that is even with a fountain that evaporates water like crazy.

I think our situation is exasperated by the sandy soil. Think about it. If you water grass and other plants in sandy soil, then the water filters through faster than the plant can take it up. Hence the yellow lawn even with the high water bill. But drip irrigation puts a half-gallon, gallon or 2 gallons right to the roots slowly over a period of a half hour or hour. One drip at a time. So the plant has time to drink it up. Plus, by not spraying the flowers they never droop over from the water weight and they also don't develop mildew.

A win win.

We've been grass-free for 10 years now and I'm still puzzled why more people don't do it. I love our yard (see photo above). I'd love to see more people join the ranks of water-savers, so contact me and I'll share the little bit of knowledge I have to help you on your way.

And one more thing. Many people call our yard a xeriscape. That is not entirely accurate. We don't focus on desert plants and rockscapes. We have ordinary water loving plants in our yard like lilies, lilacs, hostas, geraniums, tulips, ferns, poppies, periwinkle and such. It is the drip irrigation system that saves the most water, not the plant. I guess I could go the extra mile and make our yard look like Arizona, but why? I love the lush yard we have for the fraction of the cost.

And this year our flowers bloomed longer since I split my watering time into two half hour applications per day instead of one hour per day for each zone. This used the same amount of water but spread it out so they got a little water just before the hottest part of the day to help them last through the hot afternoon. Blooms that didn't wilt and die quickly was a wonderful bonus.

The other bonus is I don't own a lawn mower any more and I've forgotten what it is like to mow a lawn once a week. I suspect I'm not missing out. Cottonwood Heights

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Michael Barth

Michael Barth is a full-time Associate Broker/Realtor with an extensive knowledge of the communities along the Wasatch Front. As the former owner of Sundays Child and Kona Ice he brings over 20 years ....

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