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    How to Give Your Spring Sprinkler a Spruce-Up

    By Erin Cassidy, AccuWeather staff writer
    April 14, 2014, 9:53:20 AM EDT

    Did you know that if you have an in-ground irrigation system, just one broken sprinkler head could waste up to 25,000 gallons of water and more than $90 over the course of a six-month watering season?

    While it may not feel like spring has sprung in some parts of the country, this is the perfect time to make sure your irrigation system is ready for warmer weather and the watering season. Before you ramp up your watering this spring, spruce up your irrigation system by remembering four simple steps: inspect, connect, direct, and select.


    - Inspect your system for damaged sprinkler heads and repair or replace them if necessary. - Connect pipes and hoses tightly and look for pools on the lawn to see if there’s a system leak. - Direct sprinklers away from sidewalks and driveways, which don’t need water. - Select a WaterSense labeled irrigation controller, which uses local weather data to give your lawn only the water it needs, when it needs it.

    This information is provided by EPA’s WaterSense Program. Learn more at epa.gov/watersense.

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