Irrigation Checklist for Homeowners
J.E. Davis, UF/IFAS Extension, Sumter County, Bushnell FL
Methods: Incorporation of rain sensor maintenance was added to the irrigation section of the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ for New Residents workshop. A post-survey was distributed to participants at the end of the year. Qualtrics® was used for the follow-up post-survey. Results: As a result of attending workshops, 25% (n=141) of residents who responded repaired their rain sensor. 13% (n=74) responded that they repaired a broken rain sensor themselves, after receiving extension training. Rain sensor repair for 141 residents would result in a conservative water savings of over 358,000 gallons each year. A potential cost savings of $4,440 would be saved to the 74 homeowners by repairing the rain sensor themselves, after extension training.
Conclusion: Rain sensors are an important part tool of efficient irrigation that can be used for water conservation. Incorporating extension training on rain sensor repair can not only save thousands of water each year, but can potentially save homeowners thousands of dollars in self repair.