A&M helping homeowners navigate water restrictions



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Posted on June 11, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 11 at 6:06 PM

DALLAS –– A quick change to sprinkler heads could help homeowners navigate strict water restrictions.

As the temperatures rise, it’s starting to sink in how difficult it can be for residents confined to watering their yards just once a month. In some cases, however, there’s a way around it –– or, rather, under it. 

Some cities in the North Texas Municipal Water District, currently in Stage 3 drought restrictions, relax the rules for how often you can water in landscaped areas that are served by underground drip irrigation.  

“Now everyone has to check with their cities to make sure of that,” cautions Dr. Dotty Woodson of the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, as she displayed how to remove a traditional irrigation spray head, replacing it with something that looks similar but has a connection for a drip hose.

“Drip irrigation is 90 percent efficient,” Woodson said.

With strict restrictions in place, so many people have shown interest in this more-efficient means of watering that Dr. Woodson says the Texas A & M Agrilife Extension site at 17360 Coit Rd. north of Campbell will offer free irrigation system classes every Tuesday night in the month of July. 

“And we let them cut the tubing and put it together, and they go, ‘It’s this easy.’”

She says it’s also economical because you’ll waste less water, which means you’ll use less.  In fact, even though you do have to buy the parts, which are available at most hardware stores, Dr. Woodson says most homeowners recoup the cost in about a year.  

Click here for the schedule of classes at the Dallas Agrilife Extension office.

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