1Dukes, M.D. and M.J. Boyer, 2018. “Determination of Landscape Irrigation Water Use in Southwest Florida (B283).” Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. »
The District uses 332 gallons per day per single family household as the average potable offset by switching to reclaimed water for outdoor irrigation purposes. Assuming an average of 2 irrigation cycles per week and irrigating 3 zones per cycle for 30 minutes per zone yields approximately 12.91 gallons per minute per irrigation cycle.
332 gallons per single family household per day × 7 days = 2324 gallons per week
2324 gallons per week / 2 irrigation cycles = 1162 gallons per irrigation cycle
1162 gallons per irrigation cycle / 90 minutes = 12.91 gallons per minute per irrigation cycle
2Boyer, M.J. and M.D. Dukes, 2015. “Estimated Water Savings Potential of Florida-Friendly Landscaping Activities.” Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. »
This report states that water savings from rain sensors can be conservatively estimated at 8%. Installing a rain sensor on your irrigation system is a cost effective way to lower your water consumption.