How can I tell how much water my irrigation system uses and needs?

Irrigation systems and water sprinklers can use a lot of water, even when used minimally. It is important to monitor your outside watering to avoid costly bills from overuse or leaks. 

Proper seasonal scheduling of your irrigation system is just as important as the condition of your system. Perform system evaluations on a regular basis looking for proper coverage. Install a rain sensor if you don’t have one. Follow these simple steps to apply just the right amount of water your landscape needs: 

Get to know your controller. Most controllers have multiple start times, multiple programs and seasonal adjustment capabilities. These can be used to your advantage, but watch out for accidental excessive scheduling. Controllers often run at night when you can’t see if a sprinkler head is missing, or cycle times are excessive. 

Start low and, if needed, increase incrementally. 

Infrequent, deep watering helps increase root health. Base your station times on plant material, sun exposure, and what type of emitter is watering that area. 

Hand water stressed areas and high water need plants. Even the best irrigation systems apply more water in some areas than they do in others. Use a hose to put water where you need it. 

Match your watering to the season. Plants will need less watering in the spring and fall, and almost no additional watering in the winter when most plants go dormant. In fact, it’s a good idea to turn your irrigation system off in the winter months. 

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1. I don’t see you read my meter anymore. How do you know how much water I used?
2. How is it possible that the water usage on my bill is the exact same as a previous month’s usage?
3. How is my sewer bill calculated?
4. If I have a leak during winter months, how will that affect my sewer bill for the year?
5. I received a high water bill! How did I possibly use this much water?
6. How do I read my water/ utility bill?
7. I moved into a smaller house but my bill stayed the same. Why didn’t my bill go down?
8. I have a smaller family than my neighbor but my water bill is higher. Why isn’t my bill smaller than theirs?
9. I was told I have a leak but I don’t see any puddles in my yard. Where is the water going?
10. How does Sewer Winter Quarter Averaging affect my utilities bill?
11. How can I keep my water consumption down?
12. How can I tell how much water my irrigation system uses and needs?
13. How do I find a water leak in my home?