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Mike Wilt, PSD Commissioner

If you find yourself with a little more time on your hands these days, maybe it would be a good time to check out your lawn irrigation system.  Here is a shocking statistic from the Environmental Protection Agency – residential outdoor water use in the United States accounts for more than 9 billion gallons of water each day.  Experts estimate that as much as 50% of this water is wasted due to overwatering caused by inefficiencies in irrigation methods and systems. 

Many systems on Fripp utilize the older standard clock timer.  However, there are several irrigation controllers that could save the average home thousands of gallons of water annually. This approach would allow you to install a new controller unit, rather than dealing with the far more expensive task of replacing your entire irrigation system. WaterSense-labeled irrigation controllers, which can be compared to a thermostat for your sprinkler system by regulating when it comes on and turns off, utilize local weather and landscape conditions to adjust your watering schedule to actual conditions at your house, instead of irrigating with a clock and a preset schedule. Basically, a smart sprinkler controller is like a smart thermostat for your yard or garden.  It optimizes your system by auto-adjusting to weather and soil conditions, making a healthy landscape easier while reducing water use.   While the Fripp Island Public Service District does not endorse any one system over another, at the bottom of this page are links to several sites that feature a variety of methods to save water and avoid unnecessary lawn watering. Who knows?  We might even be able to reduce, to some extent, that annoying water on the roads that follows seemingly daily watering by some sprinkler systems. 

Some other tips include:

  • Morning is the best time to water.
  • Put a rain gauge in your yard and if you receive ¾ to one inch of rain in a week you can skip your next watering.
  • Try and cut down on overwatering. Step on your grass and if you leave a distinct footprint or the grass does not spring back, it is time to water. 
  • Applying one inch of water to your grass once a week is typically enough to keep your lawn green throughout the summer.

The first three links below take you to reviews of currently used sprinkler controller units, so you can review what might be best for your lawn and/or garden situation.  The last link is to some general water conservation tips from the Environmental Protection Agency. 

To be clear, the Fripp Island Public Service District does not specifically endorse any of these products but we believe that modernizing your irrigation system can be both economical and, perhaps, just the right thing to do to save water – one of our most precious commodities. 



For a list of local landscapers and/or plumbers, please visit the Owners section of the Fripp Island Property Owners’ Association website, at https://frippislandliving.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/2019-Contractors-List.pdf.