Get Wise about Water with #AllenHashtagAlong

We're getting a crash-course in water conservation courtesy the experts at the City of Allen.

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  1. Water is a limited resource, especially here in North Texas. Due to increasing population, water demand is projected to exceed supply by 2030 based on current use rates!
  2. The biggest strain on our water supply happens in the summer. That's when outdoor water use and natural evaporation reach their peak. So we decided to get wise about water with the help of City of Allen Water Conservation.
  3. Gail and William lead a stunning variety of educational efforts. During the Sustainable Landscape Series, regional experts teach homeowners how to plant thriving lawns and gardens without wasting water.
  4. Today they arranged for me to meet an irrigation expert. Mike Mueller helps homeowners fine-tune their irrigation systems to make the most of every gallon.
  5. First, Mike pointed out where to find a home's backflow prevention assembly. You can use the controls in the assembly to turn off water to your irrigation only. This is especially helpful when you're in the middle of planting a tree or doing other landscaping work where you risk hitting a water line.
  6. Then Mike began examining each sprinkler head and rotor for proper placement. Right away, he found some water-wasting mistakes!
  7. Even non-experts can spot a broken or misplaced sprinkler head. But you've got to be there to see them in action!
  8. Even if you had your irrigation system installed by an expert, it can undergo changes over time.
  9. If you want a pro to examine your sprinkler system before summer, Mike recommends finding a licensed professional from the Dallas Irrigation Association. You can see a list of the organization's approved contractors here.
  10. He also shared a "cheat sheet" for optimizing your water usage during different times of year. It's worth breaking out the calculator!
  11. Next we took a short road trip to see where Allen gets its drinking water.
  12. Allen is a member of the North Texas Municipal Water District, which provides drinking water to about 90 entities in our corner of DFW. Allen's primary water source is Lavon Lake.
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