What Do I Do if My Irrigation System is Using Too Much Water?

Nowadays no one can afford to waste water. Not only is there not enough to waste, but it’s also expensive! If you’ve noticed a large increase in your water bill you may want to investigate your automated irrigation system. Malfunctioning or damaged equipment, broken water-line, improperly programmed controllers, and simple over-watering are all water wasters that may occur in automated irrigation systems.
Irrigation Sprinklers
Use our handy checklist to inspect your system.
Setting Your Controller

Double-check the Programs in Your Irrigation Controller

Things to look for include:

  • Correct programs. Are the start, stop, and run times correctly set?
  • Some controllers have extended watering cycles for drip irrigators, making it possible to water one zone for up to 10 hours. Did someone reset a non-drip zone to an extended cycle?

 Take a Walk around Your Yard

Things to look for include:

  • “Wet spots.” These can be caused by leaky valves.
  • Puddles or pooling in low areas. These can be caused by seepage.
  • Holes or erosion. These can be caused by broken pipes.

 Turn on the System

With the system operating, look for:

  • Geysers or water bubbling out from sprinkler heads that may be broken off below ground. Call your Irrigation Contractor.

If you found any of the above during your inspection, it’s time to call your irrigation contractor. The contractor can do a more in-depth check of your system – and make any repairs needed – as well as letting you know if your irrigation system  is the water wasting culprit.

If after you’ve gone through this checklist you haven’t been able to locate the problem with your irrigation system, it’s time to take a look at other water uses to find the problem.