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Instead of making personal New Year’s resolutions about working out more or cutting back on carbs, why not redirect that focus to your commercial property by making the decision that 2016 will be the year you improve your water usage rates?

Our suggestion? Start outside.

Here are five ways Atlanta property owners can reduce water consumption throughout their commercial landscape.

Meet The Needs Of Your Commercial Landscaping

low-volume drip irrigation system reduces weed prevalance and soil erosion

You can’t provide blanket irrigation coverage to your entire property: Each plant has specific watering needs. If you give them all the same, some will wilt and others will be starving for more water.

You can remedy this issue by installing a low-volume drip irrigation system that customizes the water delivery. Make sure the system is designed with multiple, independent zones so the property manager can schedule the irrigation according to each area’s watering needs.

Drip irrigation helps reduce:

  • weed prevalence
  • soil erosion
  • water contact with foliage to reduce the risk of disease

If the landscape is unusually shaped, the system will give adequate water coverage, even on hard-to-reach areas. You can use special nozzles that have variable arcs to deliver precise coverage in odd-shaped areas.

A drip irrigation system will cost less to install than a traditional system, since it doesn’t typically require excavation and as much installation time.

Retrofit Your Current System

simple retrofits can Improve your irrigation system’s performance and reduce water usage

Improve your irrigation system’s performance by making simple retrofits. Even minor tweaks can have a big effect on your water usage rates. Here are three that can save you water and money.

  1. As plants grow, their watering needs can change. Have a commercial landscape contractor look at the different watering zones to see if they are still needed. If they find ones that are no longer necessary, they can shut them down — greatly reducing your usage.
  2. The contractor should also look at the system’s pressure to make sure it isn’t too high, adjusting as necessary. High pressure can cause the irrigation system to overreach its location, creating runoff and water waste.
  3. High-flow nozzles that are malfunctioning can also push water out at high rates, wasting water. You can upgrade to multi-trajectory, rotating nozzles to apply the water more uniformly.

All of these low-cost retrofit options can be incorporated fairly quickly to help you start saving water now.

Install Smart Controllers

Take the guesswork out of your system, and let a smart irrigation controller figure it all out.

Smart controllers base your watering schedule on evapotranspiration (ET), which is the amount of water lost from the soil due to evaporation plus the water used by the plant. The controllers determine how much ET has occurred and then apply only the needed water.

Smart controllers also use weather data and site conditions to know when it’s time to irrigation. They ensure your system is only running when it’s needed — not just because “it’s time.”

Add a Rain Sensor

rain sensors are designed to interrupt an irrigation cycle during a rain event and reduce water consumption

There’s nothing worse than watching an irrigation system spray water while it’s raining. You can make sure that doesn’t happen on your site by installing rain sensors.

These sensors will help prevent your system from over and under watering. They are designed to interrupt an irrigation cycle during a rain event.

The rain sensors can help prevent flooding and water wastage, making them an integral component.

Harvest Rainwater

Take advantage of the natural resources on your site by harvesting rainwater. You can capture, store and then use the water for your landscape irrigation.

Here are a few benefits of harvesting rainwater:

  • Reduces runoff, flooding and erosion
  • Can be used during drought conditions
  • Cuts back on water usage
  • May qualify you for tax incentives

One system that will help you with that is a cistern, which is a large collection tank that can be installed above or below ground. Cisterns have covered tanks, so they will prevent algae, evaporation and contamination if properly maintained.

Reduce Water Consumption In 2017 With HighGrove Partners

Reducing your commercial property’s water usage will save you money and resources — who doesn’t want that?

HighGrove Partners’ experienced water management team will create a specific plan for your site to improve your usage rates. Our cost-effective water management solutions are designed to save from 20 to 40 percent of your water use.

We will analyze your current water consumption and evaluate your irrigation zones, pressure and coverage areas. Then, we’ll determine what improvements are needed to build a sustainable irrigation program.

Call us at 678-298-0550 or contact us online to see how we can improve your water usage rates.

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