Tips to Help Save Resources by Integrating Rain Collection Into Sprinkler Systems

Posted on: 13 April 2017

If your home has a sprinkler system, then you know water consumption is an extra cost. In addition, during the summer months, you may need to limit your water use due to drought conditions. A rain collection system can help. Here are a few tips to help you integrate rain collection into a modern irrigation system:

1. The Water Sources and Collection Tanks for Storage Needs

The most common source of water for rain barrels is the roof of your home, but this is not the only water source. You can also collect water from runoff in landscaping or anywhere where you can easily collect the flowing water. Barrels are small tanks that usually connect to gutters of a home, but if you want more water, consider installing larger buried tanks for a complete irrigation solution. The buried tanks will allow you to collect water from the roof as well as from landscaping runoff.

2. Drip Irrigation Where Possible to Reduce Water Waste

Common sprinkler systems are used for lawns where they spray water to irrigate the grass. The other plant life in your garden may lose water when sprinklers are used. To reduce water waste, consider using drip irrigation where possible, such as in flower beds, for trees, or for other plants that do not need irrigation from conventional sprinklers. Doing this will help reduce water consumption, and the drip system can easily be attached to rain collection barrels. A sprinkler repair service can install a valve adapter that will allow you to easily attach drip irrigation lines to your existing sprinkler system.

3. Setting Up Pumps and Programs for Sprinklers Attached to Barrels

For connecting sprinklers to your rain collection, you will need a pump and programming system. You will be able to program the system to use the rain collection when you do not want to use the water service. The rain collection sprinklers can use smaller lines and sprinkler heads, which use less water to minimize waste. If you want your rain collection system to be greener, talk with a sprinkler repair service about installing a solar powered pump for these features in your landscaping irrigation.

With these tips, you will be able to save water and pay less when the bill comes. Contact a sprinkler repair service like Sergio's Lawn Service to help with any repairs or improvements to help integrate rain collection into your landscaping irrigation.