A few weeks ago a homeowner contacted Extension because he was in need of assistance with his exorbitant water bill and required someone to diagnose the problem.
UCU to the rescue! On the long trip out to the property we discussed what the problem might be. Was it a main break gushing water somewhere between the water meter and the irrigation system? Or was it simply a large break in the irrigation system easily addressed by turning the system off?
Once at the property we found the meter perfectly still, immediately eliminating the main break possibility.
3 of the 8 zones had large breaks and the average zone gallons per minute (GPM) was in the 30s (high for a residential irrigation). Add to that a 4 day/week watering schedule with excessive run times and the weekly water use total was 40,000+ gallons!
North Miami Beach
A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to revisit this property and see most all of our recommendations in action! Digital replaced mechanical, a rain sensor was added, 6 zones were reduced to 4, spray heads were replaced with low-volume nozzles and the shrub zone was watered only with a soaker hose!