Environmentally Responsible Minneapolis Irrigation by Conserva Irrigation Twin Cities

Conserva Irrigation Twin Cities was founded on the premise that irrigation systems can and need to be more environmentally responsible.

A green lawn is not just another pretty face

Sacrificing a lovely green lawn and landscape is not a requirement for doing your part in the water conservation effort. One could argue that an efficiently run irrigation system could actually use less water than no irrigation system at all, as you haul out a sprinkler and accidentally leave it on too long, or you water your landscape in the middle of a hot day while most of the water evaporates before the plants can absorb it.

Because it turns out, keeping your lawn and vegetation alive and well helps the environment in a multitude of ways.

  • Grass actually reduces greenhouse gas by converting it to life-giving oxygen.
  • Grass lowers the Earth’s surface temperature, 14 degrees cooler than bare soil on a hot summer day.
  • The roots of grass act as a natural water filter, reducing contaminates in runoff water before it makes it down to the aquifers.
  • Grass absorbs air pollutants for cleaner breathing.
  • Grass provides a habitat for many small creatures such as birds and insects that could not survive without it.

With Conserva, your irrigation system can use 40 – 60% less water thus saving your lawn, saving your wallet, and making an environmental impact.

You can conserve water outside also

Since the early 90’s regulations have been in place for conserving water inside your home. Many of us have low-flow toilets and water efficient dishwashers and clothes washers. Between the trends and the mandates on producing these products we’ve certainly put a dent, albeit a small one, in water conservation needs.

Helping the molehill but need to work on the mountain

In reality, indoor water use is a very small percentage of an average family’s water use. 59% of your home’s daily water use is for irrigation. On average we use about 100 gallons of water per day inside our homes. But a 7-zone irrigation system uses approximately 2500 gallons of water each time the system runs.

At Conserva Irrigation, our passion for water conservation started because of the dire need for improvement in water conservation efforts in irrigation – the place where the most water is being used. While switching to low-flow toilets and fixtures inside your home won’t produce any noticeable savings on your water bill, reducing the water used in your irrigation system by 40 – 60% shows a payoff in your reduced water bill. And, while you’re helping your water bill, you’re also helping conserve a natural resource.

Why is Water Conservation so Important?

Only 3% of the Earth’s water is fresh water and only 30% of that is accessible. That leaves about .3% of the Earth’s water as usable fresh water. Conserving water has become something that is widely advocated and practiced and the benefits of water conservation are clear.

What is not well known is the additional environmental impact that water use has on the Earth. According to Challenge for Sustainability, 13% of the nation’s electricity consumption goes to water-related energy use such as pumping, treating and disposing of water. That equals approximately 290 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions from water use. “So for every million gallons of water saved, approximately 1.95 metric tons of CO2 emissions are avoided.” When you save water, you save electricity – an exponential benefit to the environment.

What is Groundwater?

Ninety percent of fresh drinking water is found in underground aquifers. This is called ground water. According to it accounts for 50% of drinking water in the U.S. and more than 90% of groundwater used nationally is used for irrigation of crops.

The natural Hydrologic cycle keeps the water supply moving and clean. The Hydrologic cycle occurs when water is used, it runs off into oceans or streams, evaporates into the air and later comes back down as rain water. The rain water can seep back into the ground getting filtered on the way down to the aquifers or it can run off into the oceans and streams where it will evaporate again. This process can take hours or weeks or years depending on weather factors.

Protecting ground water requires you irrigate plants only when necessary and avoid over-saturation and run off. It can take years for the wasted water to cycle back through the Hydrological cycle and replenish the ground water in your area. A single broken sprinkler head can leak 18-45 gallons of water every time your irrigation system runs, that doesn’t even account for the extra water use that could be happening by a poorly scheduled, broken or older irrigation system. At Conserva Irrigation, we will lower your water use by 40-60%. Imagine the amount of water that can be saved over months and years of running a more efficient sprinkler system.

One way to prevent ground water contamination is to efficiently water your lawn and landscape so that there is as little run-off as possible. Over-watering increases the leaching of fertilizers into ground water. Make sure your sprinklers are not shooting water onto sidewalks or washing oil and other chemicals into the ground water.

Water Waste is not Always Obvious

Paying attention to our surroundings is a good way to help in the effort to conserve water. Watch the short clips below, you will see how keeping our eyes and ears open in our own yards is a great first step to being attuned to the environment.

Notice in the video how easy it can be to detect when an irrigation system is using too much water. It’s running down the driveway, down the curb and into the gutters. It’s leaving soggy spots in the landscape or even more obvious, it’s shooting up and out into the street in a steady wasteful flow. Being environmentally conscious means noticing the obvious and taking action to correct it.

At Conserva Irrigation Twin Cities we are experts at finding wasteful inefficiencies in your irrigation system that may not be so obvious. While some systems are visually obvious in water waste, most water waste cannot be seen. We are passionate about finding hidden water waste and we have built our entire smart system and company around creating the most efficient sprinkler systems in Minneapolis.

At Conserva irrigation, we not only partner with you to save water used for irrigation, we partner with the top technology company in the industry – Toro®. The power of passion and innovation is shared by our partner Toro and Conserva Irrigation.

What can you do? You can keep an eye out for the obvious signs of trouble like you saw in the above videos or you can just call Conserva Irrigation Twin Cities for a free system evaluation or a $65 winterization. Our winterization includes a system inspection along with a report of any system issues or efficiency opportunities and what it will take to make those improvements.

Call today to schedule your inspection or winter blow-out. 763.434.5414

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