by Dan Carney
MMWD has joined the Irrigation Association in proclaiming July “Smart Irrigation Month” to raise awareness of efficient watering practices, technologically advanced irrigation products, and water conservation. Using irrigation water efficiently not only preserves a natural resource, it produces healthier, more beautiful landscapes.
In recognition of Smart Irrigation Month, MMWD is launching a new $400.00 smart irrigation rebate program throughout the remainder of 2009, specifically targeting homeowners during the summer months when water usage is highest. Of the District’s 60,000 accounts, 51,000 are residential, accounting for 60-70 percent of the water consumed. During the summer, water usage in the District doubles as people irrigate their lawns and gardens.
We recommend smart irrigation systems—or irrigation systems that self-adjust based on weather conditions and apply just the amount of water needed—as a way to reduce the amount of water used for residential landscaping. In addition to using less water, smart irrigation systems also help prevent runoff from entering local creeks and waterways that eventually flow into the bay.