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Outdoor Water Conservation

The NatureScape Irrigation Service (NIS) water conservation program provides irrigation system evaluations for select large properties in 20 cities and water districts.  The NIS team conducts a test of the irrigation system and and provides comprehensive recommendations for improving overall efficiency - saving water,  reducing run-off of pollutants and keeping canals and water bodies clean in our urban areas.


Current NatureScape Irrigation Services Partners:

Map of Partners
Properties types: ​

  • ​Local government-owned properties (city hall, libraries, fire stations, etc.)
  • Public parks
  • Commercial businesses
  • Multi-family residential complexes


Results:
 

  • ​Water savings -  more than several 100,000 gallons annually per site and in some cases, over a million gallons
  • property managers save energy, time, and money​ with efficient irrigation systems
  • cleaner canals and waterbodies

Since 2005, the NIS team has completed over 3,000 evaluations with Actual Water Savings exceeding 1.5 billion gallons.​


Learn more:

If you are a large property manager or owner and are interested in learning more about the NIS program, please contact us​.  Services are available for properties within current partner locations, subject to approval by the partner-city/water district.​​
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Homeowners can save too! 

Here are a few simple things you can do to maintain a thriving, healthy landscape, and save water:

 

  • Use your irrigation system only when needed according to the schedule below. 
  • Cap off sprinkler heads that are watering mature established trees or shrubs.
  • Test your system - run each zone once a month to check for geysers, other visible breaks, or clogged/blocked heads.
  • Use the same brand and model sprinkler head in each zone (otherwise your distribution of water may be uneven, requiring additional watering time.)
  • Replace your rain sensor/rain shut-off device* if it is more than 3 years old (the cork inserts are ineffective after just a few years; a new device is about $30 at most hardware stores.)
  • Speak to an irrigation professional about upgrading your irrigation system to include a soil moisture or evapotranspiration (ET) sensor (these are superior and last much longer than rain sensors, but cost a bit more.)​

​​​​​*Every irrigation system should have a functioning rain shut-off device of some kind. This device prevents your irrigation system from operating when it is raining or has recently rained.  (Florida Statute 373.62​ requiring this technology)

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Outdoor Water Conservation Facts

The average single-family home (1/4 acre lot) can use approximately 225,000 gallons of water per year just for irrigation.   For most homes, that amounts to more water than used indoors. 


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Urban irrigation in Broward County accounts for approximately 57% (or 151 million gallons per day) of all water used.

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