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Water Use in Alabama

Alabama’s water resources are important for economic growth and sustainability and for quality of life. The rivers, lakes, and streams in the state help to: sustain communities provide support for industries and jobs generate power irrigate crops provide critical transportation…

Calibrating Irrigation Systems

Follow these irrigation steps to estimate how much water your irrigation system is applying. With wind conditions calm (you cannot feel a perceptible breeze on your face) turn on sprinklers for 15 minutes, recording the time of this operational test. …

Watering Efficiency and Practices

Even though watering restrictions are not yet commonplace throughout Alabama, homeowners should still take measures not to overwater. Overwatering does more than deplete the water supply; it also makes plants prone to pests and adds to stormwater runoff, which pollutes…

Watering Tips

As with any system, it is important to avoid runoff when irrigating or watering. Proper irrigation installation and design will ensure that each plant receives sufficient water.  Reduce the Need for Watering. Choose water-efficient and drought-tolerant plants, including those native to…

Rain Barrels and Cisterns

Rain barrels and cisterns are ancient technologies that are making a comeback as water shortages prompt homeowners to save and use rain that falls on their properties. Large, plastic rain barrels are now available at home and garden stores on…