From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):
“If you don’t know how to program your sprinkler system, one of the studies I’ve seen shows a net gain of water used,” Perry Cabot, an education outreach coordinator for CSU, told the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District board Wednesday.
Instead, water systems that can be programmed could be used to prevent applying more water than necessary to lawns, Cabot said. CSU has a kit available through Pueblo County Cooperative Extension (583-6566) that allows sprinkler system owners to measure how much water their sprinklers apply to the lawn in a cycle. The Lawn Irrigation System Analysis kits can be rented for $10 under the pilot program. Using the measurement information, consumers can go online and tap into a program that will provide an optimum watering schedule based on local weather patterns.
Cabot, along with Anne Casey of the state Extension program, obtained a $46,000 grant from the Colorado Water Conservation Board to take the lawn watering analysis a step further.
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