Department of Water Resources supports July as Smart Irrigation Month. Smart
Irrigation Month is a public awareness campaign to promote efficient water use.
Focused on July, traditionally the month of peak demand for outdoor water use,
the campaign highlights simple practices and innovative technologies to:
§ Make maintaining green
spaces easy and convenient
§ Minimize overwatering
while maintaining a healthy lawn, garden and landscape
§ Save money on utility
§ Help protect community
water supplies for today and the future
from a private well or a public utility, we all pull water from the same source
in Citrus County,” said Debra Burden, water conservation manager, Department of
Water Resources. She added, “Smart irrigation is a priority for the
utility because more than fifty percent of water the utility produces is used
for landscape irrigation.”
Now, more so than ever,
consumers can find irrigation products that use advanced sensors, Wi-Fi and
app-based capability to automatically adjust watering schedules, communicate
problems and save water, giving consumers more data and power to control
irrigation systems than ever before.
systems irrigate landscapes efficiently. Without wasting water, these systems
use technology to know when and how much to irrigate. The days of manually
adjusting the controller to meet seasonal water needs are over. WaterSense
labeled smart controllers use real-time data to apply the right amount of water
at the right time of day throughout the year.
By investing in smart
irrigation technologies, citizens can be sure to save water, money and time in
caring for their landscape. One irrigation technology worth considering is a
weather-based controller. These controllers adjust the irrigation schedule
based on local weather conditions. There is a wide range of products in this
category with various weather inputs and landscape-specific adjustment factors.
These controllers self-adjust and require very little intervention when
programmed correctly. Citrus County Utilities provides a $150 credit on water
bills for installing a Water Sense labeled irrigation controller. Learn
more about weather-based controllers at https://www.epa.gov/watersense/irrigation-controllers.
Another technology to
consider are rain/freeze sensors. While not necessarily smart in terms of
advanced technology, rain/freeze sensors are smart enough to stop the
irrigation system from operating after sufficient rainfall or during low
temperatures. Irrigating in rain and freezing conditions needlessly
wastes water and can damage the landscape. These inexpensive devices can reduce
overall water use and help extend irrigation system life. CCU offers a $50
credit on the water bill for replacing a rain sensor.
The utility also offers
smart irrigation educational opportunities, like at-home irrigation efficiency
trainings to its customers and free Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ classes open
to all citizens. Visit http://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.com/ for a complete list of
According to Burden, smart programming
participants reduced water use up to 25 percent on an annual average and saved
more than 100 million gallons of water in 2018. Utility customers
interested in participating can call 352-527-7669.
Smart Irrigation Month
is an initiative of the Irrigation Association, a non-profit industry
organization dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation. Visit www.smartirrigationmonth.org to