Learn to spruce up your sprinklers at this weekend’s Home & Garden Expo

By Jennifer Nations, Water Resource Coordinator

The frigid temperatures that accompanied February’s massive winter storm devastated many residential irrigation systems. Broken water lines and sprinkler heads were too numerous to count.

If you’ve delayed repairs or just want to find ways to save money with your landscaping this summer, you won’t want to miss this weekend’s Greater Brazos Valley Builders Association Home & Garden Expo at the Brazos County Expo. The hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Be sure to stop by the College Station Utilities booth and meet Flo, the EPA WaterSense Spokesgallon.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 50% of outdoor water use is wasted due to overwatering, broken sprinklers, or improperly programmed controllers. You can fix all that through the four steps of the EPA’s Sprinkler Spruce Up:

Sales Tax Holiday

During Memorial Day weekend (May 29-31), the Texas Comptroller’s Office will offer a sales tax holiday to purchase water-efficient products and energy-efficient products. The list includes WaterSense-certified spray sprinkler bodies that could save 31 billion gallons of water nationwide.

That’s about eight times the amount of water College Station uses in a typical year.

If you’re unsure how to perform a sprinkler spruce up yourself, the City of College Station offers free landscape irrigation checkups to residential customers. We’ve completed more than 1,000 checkups over the years, helping our customers save millions of gallons of water.

For more information, contact me at 979-764-6223 or jnations@cstx.gov.

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Jennifer Nations has been the City of College Station’s water resource coordinator since 1999 after serving two years as BVSWMA’s environmental compliance officer. She’s a board member of the Brazos G Regional Water Planning Group and a past chair of the Water Conservation and Reuse Division for the Texas Section of the American Water Works Association. A native of Fremont, Calif., Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental & resource science from UC Davis in 1995 and a master’s degree in water management & hydrologic science from Texas A&M in 2016.

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