Water Check Your Landscape
Contact: Kelly Kopp, USU Extension Specialist
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
USU Extension Co-sponsors Water Check Program
LOGAN, UT - The Slow the Flow Water Check Program, now in its 14th year, offers free sprinkler system evaluations and educational materials to homeowners in Salt Lake, Utah, Wasatch, Duchesne, Uintah, Sanpete, Piute and portions of Summit, Juab and Garfield counties. The program, co-sponsored by The Central Utah Water Conservancy District, the Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake and Sandy and Utah State University Extension, begins May 15.
The free landscape consultation opportunity consists of a walk-through evaluation of the homeowner’s sprinkler system, followed by simple tests to determine the amount of water being applied to the landscape and how evenly it is being applied. Evaluators then use this information to recommend a watering schedule customized to the homeowner’s landscape. The entire process takes approximately one hour.
As the nation’s second largest consumer of water per person (240 gallons per person per day), Utah has a unique opportunity to makes waves in the realm of water conservation. Approximately two-thirds of drinking water in Utah is used to water lawns and landscapes. Much of this water is being applied inefficiently, either due to sprinkler system design flaws or because sprinklers are running too long.
“This no-cost program is a wonderful example of the cooperation among water entities in Utah to help meet water conservation goals,” said Kelly Kopp, associate professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Plants, Soils and Climate at USU and an administrator of the Water Check Program. “The support of the participating water districts and cities has allowed USU Extension to reach out to the public in a very big way.”
Kopp says the Slow the Flow Program will help homeowners save water and money immediately and well into the future.
Participants are required to have an in-ground, automatic sprinkler system and live within the participating counties. Those interested should visit www.SlowTheFlow.org/watercheck or call 1-877-728-3420 to schedule an appointment.