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Microirrigation is a low-pressure, low-flow-rate type of irrigation that can reduce the likelihood of overwatering a landscape. This form of irrigation delivers water directly to where it is needed most-the root zone of plants. It also delivers the water slowly and over a longer period of time, preventing runoff and reducing evaporation. Microirrigation systems use 20 to 50 percent less water than conventional sprinkler systems and can reduce residential or commercial landscape irrigation water use.

WaterSense has developed two guides to help irrigation professionals and homeowners understand the benefits of microirrigation. The guides also provide design, installation, and maintenance tips, which are the keys to an efficient irrigation system.

Assorted images of outdoor landscapes.Adding Microirrigation to Your Services: A Mini-Guide for Irrigation Professionals(16 pp, 8 MB, About PDFexplains how designing, installing, or retrofitting an existing system with microirrigation can help your customers save water and enhance plant health.

Image of the Saving Water With Microirrigation: A Homeowner’s GuideSaving Water With Microirrigation: A Homeowner Guide(8 pp, 9 MB, About PDFdescribes the types of landscapes where microirrigation works best and suggests how to work with an irrigation professional to design and install a system.

Watch and Learn

The Long Beach (CA) Water Department’s Smart Irrigation Program has developed a series of short videos that provide information about drip irrigation. 

The following links exit the site ExitPart 1 – Why Drip?
Part 2 – Three Popular Drip Systems and their Components
Part 3 – Troubleshooting and Caring for Your Drip System