# How much water do irrigation systems use?

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home and garden
smart home

Running a typical

**sprinkler**from a standard garden hose (5/8”) for one hour**uses**about 1,020 gallons of**water**; if you run it three times per week, that is about 12,240 gallons per month. If you run the**sprinkler**three times a week during a 90-day billing cycle, you**will**add about 36,000 gallons of**water**to your**usage**.

Correspondingly, how much water does a sprinkler system use per minute?

In the table below it is estimated that each **sprinkler** zone uses 15 gallons of **water per minute**. For one watering cycle a total of 750 gallons of **water** are **used**.

**measure how much water**your

**sprinkler**system puts out in a set

**amount**of time, place tuna cans, rain gauges or straight-sided coffee cans around your lawn. Turn on your

**sprinkler**and let it run for 15 minutes. After turning off the

**sprinkler**, use a ruler to

**measure**the depth of the

**water**collected in your cans.

People also ask, which is the most water efficient irrigation system?

Drip **System** – Drip **irrigation** is the **most water**-**efficient** way to **irrigate** many different plantings. It is an ideal way to **water** in clay soils because the **water** is applied slowly, allowing the soil to absorb the **water** and avoid runoff.

Run your sprinkler and see how long it takes to get a half inch of water in the can – just like a rain gauge. Usually it's **about 30 minutes**. So 20 minutes, 3 times per week will get an inch of water on your lawn, and **30 minutes** 3 times per week will get 1 ½” down.