One of the best water-wise investments a facility owner can make is in a well-designed, properly functioning irrigation system.
Recognizing the vital role that proper irrigation plays in water efficiency, several state agencies have joined forces with the Florida Nurserymen and Growers Association and Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects to create Landscape Irrigation and Florida Friendly Design Standards. This describes best practices that emphasize low-impact landscape design and irrigation, such as incorporating existing, native trees and vegetation into the landscape.
HERE ARE SEVERAL TIPS ON HOW BUSINESSES CAN INCREASE WATER EFFICIENCY OUTDOORS:
Outdoor Efficiency Tip
Update landscaping with drought-tolerant, native plants
Group plants with similar soil, water and lighting needs together and water accordingly – if you have to water at all
Use turf only for specific functions like pedestrian areas, playgrounds, pet walks, and storm water runoff
Make sure that any water features recycle the water
Keep three to four inches of organic mulch over the roots of trees and shrubs to reduce water loss
Update swimming pool maintenance procedures
Local governments are required to incorporate these standards into their landscape irrigation and water-friendly ordinances. Check local ordinances before developing or renovating a site.
Facility Managers Should: