Water Check Program

    Water Check Program

    Water Check Program

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    Schedule Your Water Check

    As the nation’s second largest consumer of water per person (240 gallons per person per day), Utah has a unique opportunity to makes waves in the realm of water conservation. 

    Approximately two-thirds of drinking water in Utah is used to water lawns and landscapes. Much of this water is being applied inefficiently, either due to sprinkler system design flaws or because sprinklers are running too long.
    The Slow the Flow Water Check Program, which began in 1999, offers free sprinkler system evaluations and educational materials to homeowners in Salt Lake, Utah, Wasatch, Cache, Uintah, Sanpete, Piute and portions of Summit, Juab and Garfield counties. The combined efforts of CWEL, its collaborators, Utah’s Division of Water Resources (UDWR), water conservancy districts, and many municipalities have had an impact on water conservation.
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    The free landscape consultation opportunity consists of a walk-through evaluation of the homeowner’s sprinkler system, followed by simple tests to determine the amount of water being applied to the landscape and how evenly it is being applied. Evaluators then use this information to recommend a watering schedule customized to the homeowner’s landscape. The entire process takes approximately one hour.

    “This no-cost program is a wonderful example of the cooperation among water entities in Utah to help meet water conservation goals,” said Kelly Kopp, associate professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Plants, Soils and Climate at USU, and an administrator of the Water Check Program. “The support of the participating water districts and cities has allowed USU Extension to reach out to the public in a very big way.”
    Kopp says the Slow the Flow Program will help homeowners save water and money immediately and well into the future. Participants are required to have an in-ground, automatic sprinkler system and live within the participating counties.

    Schedule your water check here: slowtheflow.org.

    How to Do Your Own Water Check


    Perform your own sprinkler test at home with the Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing Fact Sheet by county 

    PDF  Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing for Beaver County, Kelly Kopp, Niel Allen, and Mark Nelson

    PDF  Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing for Box Elder County, Kelly Kopp, Niel Allen, and Mike Pace

    PDF  Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing for Blanding, Utah, Kelly Kopp, Niel Allen, and Mike Johnson

    PDF  Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing for Cache County, Kelly Kopp, Niel Allen, and Taun Beddes

    PDF  Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing for Carbon County, Kelly Kopp, Niel Allen, and Ron Patterson

    PDF  Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing for Davis County, Kelly Kopp, Britney Hunter, and Niel Allen

    PDF  Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing for Duchesne County, Kelly Kopp, Niel Allen, and Troy Cooper

    PDF  Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing for Emery County, Kelly Kopp, Niel Allen, and Dennis Worwood

    PDF  Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing for Fillmore, Utah, Kelly Kopp, Niel Allen, and Trent Wilde

    PDF  Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing for Garfield County, Kelly Kopp, Niel Allen, and Kevin Heaton

    PDF  Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing for Hanksville, Utah, Kelly Kopp, Niel Allen, and Mike Johnson

    PDF  Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing for Juab County, Kelly Kopp, Niel Allen, and Jeff Banks

    PDF  Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing for Kane County, Kelly Kopp, Niel Allen, and Kevin Heaton

    PDF  Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing tor Millard County, Kelly Kopp, Niel Allen, and Trent Wilde

    PDF  Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing for Moab, Utah, Kelly Kopp, Niel Allen, and Mike Johnson

    PDF  Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing for Moab, Utah, Kelly Kopp, Niel Allen, and Mike Johnson

    PDF  Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing for Monticello, Utah, Kelly Kopp

    PDF  Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing for Morgan County, Kelly Kopp, Niel Allen, and James Barnhill

    PDF  Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing for Salt Lake County, Kelly Kopp, Niel Allen, and Katie Wagner

    PDF  Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing for Sanpete County, Kelly Kopp, Niel Allen, and Matt Palmer

    PDF  Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing for Sevier County, Kelly Kopp, Niel Allen, and Jody Gale

    PDF  Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing for Summit County, Kelly Kopp, Niel Allen, and Sterling Banks

    PDF  Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing for Uintah County, Kelly Kopp, Niel Allen, and Boyd Kitchen

    PDF  Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing for Wasatch County, Kelly Kopp, Niel Allen, and Allan Sulser

    PDF  Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing for Washington County, Kelly Kopp, Niel Allen, and Rick Heflebower

    PDF  Simple Sprinkler Performance Testing for Weber County, Kelly Kopp, Niel Allen, and Jerry L. Goodspeed

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    A simple sprinkler performance test using catch cups, milk cartons or soup cans will help you determine both the water application rate (essential for setting the irrigation time on your controller) and uniformity of application for your irrigation system. Catch cups distributed in a grid pattern across the landscape will measure the amount of water that actually lands on different places in the landscape.