Give Your Irrigation System a Holiday

Juan Soulas

Automatic sprinkler systems make it easy to set it and forget it, but this time of year it can be a wasteful and costly convenience. The solution: Turn it off. Your landscape and wallet will thank you.

Know when to turn it off — that’s the mantra often heard from SAWS encouraging customers to be aware of their irrigation system running when no watering is needed.

In fact, during the winter months it’s best to turn off the irrigation system for the whole season. Here’s why:

  • Seasonal variability– Most plants are dormant and need very little to no water to survive the winter. Even evergreen plants are essentially dormant and need minimal, if any, water this time of year. The rain we usually get during the winter should suffice.
  • Winter averaging– SAWS bases its residential sewer fee on average water use in the winter months when outdoor watering needs are at their lowest. Using less water this winter may actually lower your water bill next year.
  • Community conservation– Water conservation involves everyone. Reducing water use in the winter when it’s not necessary can help avoid drought restrictions and possibly delay them the following summer.

In-ground sprinkler systems make it easy to set it and forget it, but this time of year they can be wasteful and costly convenience. So, turn off your system and use it manually on the rare occasions when watering is recommended. Remember, your weekly Garden Style San Antonio newsletter will let you know when you need to water.

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