July is Smart Irrigation Month, hosted by the Irrigation Association“the leading membership organization for irrigation equipment and system manufacturers, dealers, distributors, designers, consultants, contractors and end users.”

The Irrigation Association promotes efficient irrigation technologies, products and services. This mission includes, according to the website, “educating the public on sound practices and water management; serving as a centralized clearinghouse for research and innovation; improving industry proficiency through continuing education; recognizing and promoting experience and excellence with professional certification; and lending expertise to water-use public policy at the local, state, regional and national levels.”

Smart Irrigation Month is an Irrigation Association initiative to “increase awareness of the value of water use… and grow demand for watersaving products, practices and services,” the website says.

Resources like tools and calculators are available to help you with irrigation at your facility, including:

  • Tools and a tutorial on the EPA Water Budget
  • Comprehensive glossary of irrigation terms
  • Resources for calculating evapotranspiration and finding local data
  • Quick-reference friction loss charts
  • Irrigation standards and best practices
  • Auditing and scheduling calculator
  • Drain spacing
  • Dripline calculator
  • Irrigation auditing
  • Irrigation design
  • Irrigation installation and maintenance
  • Pipe sizing calculator
  • Tree drip calculator
  • Water management.