Category Archives: Water Conservation

Green system. Green lawn. Green in your pocket. Can your Minneapolis irrigation system do that?

water conservation Minneapolis sprinklers lrIt’s odd to look at a water distribution system from a water conservation perspective. But we’ve done this on the inside of our homes. We look at our toilets, faucets and shower heads. They are designed to use water. We conscientiously think about making those more efficient to be environmentally friendly. We are willing to invest in low-flow toilets and shower heads, are happy to turn off the faucet while we’re brushing. Being conscientious about the environment is admirable and beneficial.

The reality is that, while this helps, it pales in comparison to the benefits of water conservation on the water used outside our homes. Here’s an example. Throughout the country, the price of water varies dramatically. Here in the Twin Cities the same holds true, with some cities charging as little at $1.90 per 1000 gallons – all the way up to over $13 per 1000 gallons. On average, we use about 100 gallons/day our homes for all our water use which includes running the kitchen sink, showers, and toilets.

Compared to that 100 gallons/day of water usage inside our homes, a 7-zone irrigation system uses about 2500 gallons of water to go around the yard just once. Assuming a $3.80/1000 gallons, that equates to about $9.50/day for a system that only waters once/day. You’re easily getting upward of $20/day for a 15-zone system which is common on 1/2 acre lots or a 7-zone system that goes off twice/day. This translates to $35 – $150/week on the low side. Imagine what you could purchase for $35 – $150/week if you weren’t spending that money on your irrigation system.

What if you didn’t need to turn off your irrigation system to dramatically reduce the water used in your system? What if you could reduce your system’s water use by 40-60%? You could have a “greener system”, a greener lawn, and would save quite a bit of green.

Conserva Irrigation – Twin Cities was founded on this concept. We value environmental responsibility. We provide that with innovative water conserving irrigation techniques using our Conserva system and top-of-the-line Toro® components. We do this in a professional manner by having highly trained and qualified Conserva Irrigation professionals work on your irrigation system.

Russ Jundt Conserva Irrigation Co-Founder

Russ Jundt
Conserva Irrigation Co-Founder

To schedule your FREE INSPECTION in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul community, we welcome your call. Give us a ring at (763) 434-5414, email us at twincities@conservairrigation.com or visit our website at www.conservairrigation.com. We look forward to hearing from you and helping make your irrigation system an efficient water conservation system.

 

 

 

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Minneapolis Broken Sprinklers Leak More than Water

water conserving sprinkler systems MinneapolisSpring has finally sprung, and it may not be the only thing adding excess water to your lawn. Now is the time to look closely at your sprinkler system. Perhaps, like some of us, last fall you may have noticed a soggy patch, but since the season was nearly over, decided to wait before looking at it more closely. That wet patch in your landscaping could be coming from broken sprinkler heads or any number of small issues in your irrigation system. This is causing it to drain water in unintended areas, like your driveway, the street, or even your neighbor’s lawn.

Small Leaks Matter

Did you know that, according to the EPA’s magazine Water Sense, one small leak the size of a ballpoint pen’s head, can spill over 6,300 gallons of water over the course of just one month? That is 30 gallons of water every single day for just one incredibly small leak (1/32nd”). Consider that here in Minneapolis, based on a February 2015 Public Works estimate, an individual uses on average between 60 and 70 gallons of water per day inside their home. Suddenly, those small leaks add up to big money you are literally pouring it out on the ground.

Plugging the Drain in Your Landscaping

Minneapolis broken sprinklers leak more than water, and at Conserva Irrigation we can help. Our professional service technicians offer a free 12-point sprinkler system inspection. Based on our System Efficiency Score (SES), we will make recommendations on what you can do, in a prioritized list, to keep your sprinkler system from draining your wallet and into the environment. If repairs or retrofits are needed, many times, we can make those repairs during that same visit. This means even more savings, since there are no extra hidden fees caused by excessive trips back and forth. Finally, in our quest to be completely transparent, we offer flat-rate pricing. A broken sprinkler head costs $30 to repair. No surprises. Our flat-rate pricing gives you peace of mind. The bonus to all this is our 100% parts and service guarantee. We stand behind our word and our work.

Russ Jundt Conserva Irrigation Co-Founder

Russ Jundt
Conserva Irrigation Co-Founder

Another positive side effect of stopping sprinkler leaks and using a more efficient watering system is that many of our happy customers have reduced their water bill by over 40%! To schedule your complimentary irrigation check in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul community, we welcome your call. Give us a ring at (763) 434-5414, email us at twincities@conservairrigation.com or visit our website at http://www.conservairrigation.com.

Sources:

EPA/Water Sense
http://www.epa.gov/watersense/outdoor/watering_tips.html

USGS (U.S. Geological Survey)
http://water.usgs.gov/edu/qa-home-percapita.html
http://www.minneapolismn.gov/publicworks/water/water_waterfacts