Landscape Water Savings Calculators

There’s an app for that! Visit Hunter Industries website to download the water savings calculators app.

Water savings calculators estimate approximate water use in the landscape and are a great way to take the guesswork out of how much water is being used.

Irrigating properly is often a time consuming and frustrating activity. Try out these calculators and see if they simplify the irrigation scheduling process.

Landscape Water Savings Tools

EPA GreenScapes Tools

How to Do Your Own Water Audit


The sign says it all.
Photo credit: John Johnston Flickr CC BY 2.0

Video demonstrating how to conduct a water audit.
Colorado State University Extension (YouTube)

Landscape irrigation accounts for up to 60% of total household water use. The lawn accounts for the majority of this use

Checking how much water is used is not difficult and can be done using simple supplies. Basically, all that is needed are:

  • Straight-sided cans
  • A measuring device
  • Simple mathematical calculations

Dangers of Excess Water on Xeric Landscapes

  This landscape includes retaining walls and a xeric (low water use) landscape.

San Angelo xericscape.

Over time, excess water on xeric landscapes can affect the health of drought tolerant plants.  It is estimated that up to 80% of plant death is due to over-watering. Symptoms of drought stress can be similar to those of overwatering.

Drought tolerant plants tend to reduce their growth under low water conditions. This may affect the aesthetics of the plant tricking homeowners into

Drip Irrigation Systems


  Drip irrigation emitters allow precise water placement to the roots of individual plants. Photo credit: Joby Elliot Flickr CC BY 2.0

Drip irrigation systems technology consists of a system of plastic pipes that transfers water under low pressure to plants. The water is applied much more slowly than with sprinklers. Spray is minimized and point watering is possible.

Drip irrigation systems are a great option for a water-wise landscape. Drip irrigation is a much more efficient way to apply water …

Different Kinds of Sprinkler Irrigation Systems

  Impact rotary head sprinkler
Photo credit: Shaylor Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0
  Spray head sprinkers are versatile and can water difficult areas. Photo credit; Kumaravel Thangaraj Flickr CC BY 2.0

A bubbler irrigation system applies water to individual plants or groupings of plants.
Video source: Bubbler YouTube

Outdoor irrigation accounts for up to 60% of residential water use in some parts of the US.

The type of irrigation method for delivering water to plants plays a large role …

Grouping Plants into Hydrozones

Grouping plants into hydrozones is an approach to irrigation and planting design where plants with similar water needs are grouped together.

Ideally, each zone of the irrigation system will supply plants with the same water needs with the appropriate amount of water.

Turf areas and planting beds have different water needs and should be zoned separately. Trees and shrubs generally need deep watering less frequently while turfgrass needs more frequent watering.

Unfortunately, many irrigation systems are set to water all …