Amarillo Kicks off Water Conservation Campaign

The City of Amarillo kicks off it's annual water conservation campaign on Tuesday. They are adding the phrase "Water Right" to the current title "Every Drop Counts".

The city is hoping the name "Water Right" will emphasize the fact that water conservation often begins with your home sprinkler system.

One of the easiest ways to conserve water with your sprinkler is to install a rain/freeze sensor that shuts off your sprinklers once we've had a certain amount of rain. These are now mandatory on all new sprinkler systems, but they can be easily installed on existing ones.

Another easy way to water right using your irrigation system is to monitor how much water you're actually using. The City's Director of Utilities Emmett Autrey says, "Those little lawn gauges that measure the amount of water coming out of the sprinklers.

Put three or four or five of those around different points in the sprinkling zone and when they approach an inch of water it's time to turn them off."

To give you an idea of how much water Amarillo residents used last year... It was enough to cover the entire city with nine inches of water. You can find these sensors at most home supply stores like Lowe's or Home Depot.