Excessive Irrigation

Excessive Irrigation
Where is the water going?

Friday, October 31, 2014

Stormwater Pond Workshop Oct. 30, 2014

The workshop by all accounts was a great success. Homeowner Association Board Members , Property Managers, Pond Maintenance Contractors and Stormwater Regulators were hosted for a full day event at Brooker Creek Preserve in Northern Pinellas County, Florida. It was a regional event hosted by the Florida Friendly Landscaping(TM) Program Coordinantors from Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties.

Due to very high demand for access to the presentations at the workshop. A link to the presentations is below.

Workshop Presentations

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Figuring Your Maximum Water Use is as Easy as 2 + 2

Is your water bill too high?

You can find out how much water you should be using very easily. It depends on how many people are in the home for indoor water use and how many square feet of lawn and landscape is being irrigated. The indoor use is fairly constant month after month, but outdoor water use should go down during the rainy season and during the winter when the grass is dormant from December through March.

For average indoor water use multiply the number of people in the home and allow 2,000 gallons per person.

For irrigation, find out home many square feet are irrigated and allow 2 gallons per square foot.

Let us suppose that there are 3 persons in the home and 3,000 square feet of irrigated lawn and landscape. In that case, maximum water use ought to be about 12,000 gallons. To figure out what the maximum water and sewer bill would be in that case,

Per Unit water Charges 5/8” & ¾” only Base Rate = $7.71
1,000 to 6,000 gallons $2.65 per 1,000 gallons (X 6) = $15.90
6,001 to 9,000 gallons $3.57 per 1,000 gallons (X3) = $10.71
9,001 to 15,000 gallons $4.51 per 1,000 gallons (X3) = $13.53
Sewer Charges(capped 10,000 gallons 5/8” & ¾” ) = $66.05

For Pasco County Utilities customers, a personal evaluation of your past water use and an on-site evaluation of your irrigation system is available FREE
by contacting Chris Dewey at 813-929-2716 or by e-mail at Cdewey@Pascocountyfl.net

Lowering Your Pasco County Utilities Water Bill

9 Ways to Save Money on Your Monthly Water Bill

1. Frequency Adjustment – Set your irrigation clock for the correct watering day according to last number in street address. 0 or 1 – Monday 2 or 3 – Tuesday 4 or 5 – Wednesday 6 or 7 – Thursday 8 or 9 – Friday Weekends – no watering

2. Duration – Apply ¾” per irrigation Fixed spray pop-ups – 20 minutes Rotors & Microirrigation – 45 minutes Check amount with tuna can calibration

3. Turn on roof mounted rain shut-off device and check for proper operation. Set to turn off after ½” of rainfall

4. Turn down or turn off individual emitters not used for turf irrigation if shrubs and trees are 5 years old.

5. Install microirrigation in landscape beds or water by hand as necessary.

6. Replace roof mounted rain shut off device with wire/wireless soil moisture sensor installed in the ground (e.g. Toro Xtra Smart wireless or others by Rain Bird or Irritrol)

7. Replace irrigated turf with mulched landscape beds of drought tolerant plants. Remember to modify the irrigation system by replacement with microirrigation or capping existing emitters. (Remember to get HOA Approval first)

8. Operate irrigation system manually. Shut it off entirely during the rainy season for maximum savings. Irrigation needs are up to 50% less in the winter dormant season.

9. Use your smart phone to advise you on setting run times for each type of irrigation zone in your home landscape. This app is designed to help urban turf irrigators in Florida and Georgia, USA to generate irrigation schedule recommendations based on real-time weather and short-term forecasted data. Users can register irrigation systems in the app and receive notifications regarding irrigation schedules changes due to differences in the irrigation demand for the next few days. Look for the App name SmartIrrigationTurf for either Android or IPhone.

For Further Information and Assistance:
Chris Dewey – Florida Friendly Landscaping ™ Program Coordinator
UF/IFAS Pasco County Cooperative Extension
813-929-2716 or CDewey@PascoCountyFL.net

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Birds in the neighbourhood may mean higher house prices

Michael Farmer, from the department of agricultural and applied economics at Texas Tech University in Lubbock who led the research, which is published in the journal of Urban Ecosystems, said: “The addition of another desirable, less ubiquitous bird species improves mean home price by $32,028 (£21,000). “This is likely due to the human created landscapes on private properties immediately surrounding a home sale.” Miles Shipside, a housing analyst and commercial director at property specialists Rightmove, said the relationship between property prices and birds could be explained by the value home owners place on having a garden.