Part 3: How to Save Water with Drip Irrigation
Would a Drip Irrigation system benefit your home and garden? If so, how would you set one up?
When we heard about how much water you can save through Drip Irrigation, we knew we had to add it to our Sustainable Gardening series. With the California drought becoming the “new normal,” it’s more important than ever to save where you can. (Source)
Why You Should Consider Switching
According to Colorado State University, this type of irrigation “stretches water supplies and may be exempt from water restrictions imposed during drought.” (Source) Great for hotter climates, do-it-yourself’ers, and the water-conscious, Drip Irrigation is hailed as “the first choice for an edible garden.” (Source)
How does Drip Irrigation Save Water?
Drip Irrigation achieves up to 90% efficiency when it comes to how much water actually makes it to the plant, whereas traditional watering methods are between 50-70%. (Source) Past watering methods, including manual watering and Flood Irrigation, are tedious to do consistently & efficiently. Depending on your sprinkler system, you could be wasting as much as half the water you use to water your garden!
Where to find a Drip Irrigation system
There are a number of ways to go about installing a Drip Irrigation system. First, you can have a professional like the Sprinkler Repair Guy come out to your home and pair you with a great system (perfect for those with large gardens and/or a wide variety of plants). Or, you can go the DIY route and order one online, like these systems from Drip Depot and Mister Landscaper. If you’re going DIY, make sure to do your research and check out some step-by-step guides to selecting and installing the right Drip Irrigation system.
For other ways to save water, check out our article on 5 Easy Ways to Save Water and these local water campaigns!