July is Smart Irrigation Month

City of Olympia
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date of Release: June 29, 2017
Contact:

Erin Conine
Senior Water Resources Specialist
360.570.3793
econine@ci.olympia.wa.us


July is Smart Irrigation Month

LESS is MORE when WATERING your lawn

July is Smart Irrigation Month in Olympia! Lawns and landscapes are typically overwatered by up to 30%, contributing to shallow roots, weed growth and disease. The City of Olympia’s Water Conservation Program is encouraging water customers to cut their irrigation water waste through a variety of incentives. By watering wisely, maintaining and upgrading automated irrigation systems, consumers can save money and help protect our drinking water resources for future generations.

The City’s Water Conservation Program offers residential water customers a $200 rebate on the installation of a “smart” irrigation controller and/or a FREE rain sensor – both for in-ground irrigation systems. Smart controllers automatically adjust watering times based on weather conditions to provide optimal moisture for healthy plants and landscapes, while conserving water. Rain sensors simply shut off irrigation systems when it is raining, so you don’t water when nature is doing it for you. Customers who water with a hose-end sprinkler can benefit from a FREE hose watering timer.

City of Olympia commercial water customers may be eligible for a rebate of up to $3500 on efficient irrigation system upgrades, including spray nozzle retrofits, smart controller upgrades and drip irrigation conversions.

The City’s efficient irrigation consultant says, “Olympia has made it easy for commercial customers and irrigation contractors to get rebates for installing efficient sprinkler nozzles, controllers with conservation features, and other water saving equipment. The rebate process is simple for most items, and the rebate amounts are generous enough that customers can start saving money right away.”

Visit www.olympiawa.gov/waterwise for Smart Irrigation Month incentives, rebate applications, resources and tips on how you can join your fellow neighbors and get smart about irrigation!

Smart Irrigation Month is an initiative of the Irrigation Association, a non-profit industry organization dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation.

For more information, contact the City of Olympia Water Conservation Program at 360.753.8271 or waterwise@ci.olympia.wa.us.