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Save water and money: Spruce up your sprinkler system

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Sprinkler going off in a yard of grass
Hot weather will be here before we know it! This spring, give your sprinkler system the checkup it needs to help you save water and money this summer.

Sprinkler system checkup

Whether your sprinkler system is old or new, a little maintenance goes a long way toward saving water and money on your bills. And since winter weather can sometimes disturb or damage system components, spring is the perfect time to check your sprinklers.

If you’re the DIY type

  • The EPA WaterSense Sprinkler Spruce-Up booklet and video provide step-by-step instructions to help you evaluate and improve your sprinkler system and landscape.

Work with an irrigation pro

Timing is everything

It’s important to know how much water your plants need, and how water needs vary with changes in the weather. In addition to a sprinkler checkup, set yourself up for success by simplifying your watering schedule:

Sign up for the Weekly Watering Number

Smart watering with a WaterSense-labeled controller

  • Consider replacing your standard clock timer controller with a WaterSense-labeled controller. WaterSense-labeled controllers automatically adjust watering schedules to your local weather and landscape conditions. Portland Water Bureau customers who install an approved WaterSense-labeled controller are eligible for a rebate of up to $100 or $500 (limit one per account).

See the Portland Water Bureau website to learn more about our irrigation rebates and maintaining a water-smart yard.