Authored by Katie Cullipher, Senior Environmental Education Planner
Most homeowners overwater their yard, unintentionally wasting money every time they take out the hose or turn on the sprinklers. To raise awareness of the benefits of efficient watering practices, askHRgreen.org, the environmental education initiative of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, is celebrating Smart Irrigation Month.
July is traditionally the month of a peak demand for water for lawns, gardens, and landscapes. The Irrigation Association named July as Smart Irrigation Month to increase public awareness about simple practices and innovative technologies homeowners, businesses, and property managers can use to save money on utility bills and protect their community’s water supply for generations to come.
Homeowners typically overwater lawns and landscapes by up to 30 percent. By selecting and planting carefully, watering wisely, and maintaining and upgrading automated irrigation systems, consumers can save money, save water, and see better results.
For tips on efficient watering practices or to download the Water Wise Landscaping and Watering Guide, go to askHRgreen.org.