Common myths about water conservation in times of drought

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For eight of the past 10 years, Utah has had a drought. Unfortunately, with the Utah Water Resources Division reporting that the state’s snowfall is 25% below normal this year, things haven’t improved much. However, heads of state stress that while no one knows how long the drought will last, businesses and individuals have control over how they respond to current conditions.

If landowners are serious about contributing to conservation efforts, it is important to distinguish between fact and fiction when it comes to water use during drought. Here are five water conservation myths that all Utahans — especially large corporations and corporations — need to be aware of as the state heads into the warm summer months. These myths include: water conservation means going without water, the worst time to water your property is between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., irrigation systems are a waste of money during a drought, a regular timer helps save water, and there’s not much you can do to help.

Water conservation means going without water

If the word conservation makes you think of prohibitions and restrictions, you probably don’t have the right definition in mind. According to, the true purpose of water conservation is “to reduce the demand for water, improve the efficiency of its use, and reduce loss and waste.”

This doesn’t mean you stop using water altogether – it just means being smarter about how you use it. Last year, Governor Spencer Cox and the Salt Lake Chamber called on business owners to upgrade their water systems as part of the Water Champions H2Oath campaign. Schools, parks and businesses can save thousands of gallons of water by using a smart sprinkler system.

The worst time to water your yard is between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

You probably know the rule to avoid watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. This setpoint is logical because the water evaporates more quickly during these hours. But the outside temperature is not the only factor to consider when watering.

Although Slow the Flow recommends avoiding these peak times during the day, the website also states that watering in windy weather is even worse. This is because wind will cause you to waste more water than evaporation. If it’s consistently windy at night where you live, it’s best to choose a less windy time during the day, unless you live somewhere with time-of-day watering restrictions.

Irrigation systems are a waste of money during a drought

Again, water conservation doesn’t mean neglecting all the green things growing on your property. Only the opposite is true. Trees and shrubs contribute to drought conditions as they retain soil moisture keeping the soil shady and cool. So, rather than letting everything die, the smart thing to do is to invest in a good irrigation system that not only saves water but also money. This is especially important for commercial building owners, property managers, landlords and maintenance professionals who oversee larger areas of land.

Here in Utah, the weather can change in minutes and a broken pipe can happen to anyone, anytime. The Smart Rain SmartController™ gives you automatic access to your system wherever you are. This allows you to stop watering when it rains, quickly locate leaks or system damage, and monitor any areas where you might be overwatering. The SmartController™ manages up to 48 zones and allows you to easily set watering specifications for each zone via your smartphone.

Regular timer saves water

You might think water conservation is just about shortening watering sessions and sticking to a set amount of time, right? Bad. A timer will not take into account the state of your lawn or its current needs. This is another reason why using a smart irrigation system is a good idea. It monitors your soil while taking into account current weather conditions to determine when and how much water to pour.

There’s not much you can do to help

This is perhaps the biggest myth of all. The truth is that every effort towards water conservation helps and no effort is too small. Writing for The Balance Small Business, Marni Evans says, “Water conservation takes foresight and effort, but every little bit counts. Don’t think it doesn’t matter what you do. We can all make changes to our lifestyles to reduce our water consumption. . The trick is to make water conservation a way of life, not just something we think about once in a while.

Here’s a smart solution to save water — and your property

Now that you know some of the myths surrounding water conservation, it’s time to learn the facts. If your goal is to save water (and money), installing a smart irrigation system and controller is the smart thing to do.

The Smart Rain team aims to minimize water consumption, keep your lawn healthy and reduce irrigation costs. Their goal is to help conserve water while adding value to your property. On average, Smart Rain’s award-winning technology saves customers 150 hours, $26,000 and 4 million gallons of water each year.

Getting started with Smart Rain is easy – all you have to do is contact them. They will evaluate your landscape’s current sprinkler systems and show you the value their systems and controllers will bring. The sooner you act, the sooner you save! To get a free quote, visit today.

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