Commercial — Water Conservation

Water Conservation


Do you own a commercial business or large property in Oklahoma? Are you interested in reducing overall water use in your business, saving money, time, and resources?

Responsible, sustainable use of water resources is critical to the future of Oklahoma.

Developing and implementation of water conservation programming can help Oklahoma businesses to establish overall water use or reduction goals, prolong or defer investment in facility expansion and capital costs and can reduce or maintain operational cost over time.

In urban landscapes, as much as two-thirds of household water use may be utilized for landscape irrigation during peak temperatures.

ThinkWater serves Oklahoma businesses by providing research-based water resource services. We connect our university faculty and statewide network of Extension experts to assist businesses with developing water conservation plans, public outreach campaigns and educational initiatives.

How to improve irrigation practices and efficiency for your site:

  1. Monitor your system during irrigation events for any possible repairs as routinely as possible. It may seem like a small problem, but a small leak can contribute to the waste of thousands of gallons of water per year.
  2. Water the landscape as it is needed. Take into account the expected plant needs, its relative evapotranspiration rate (ET), and the presence of drought symptoms. Also, be aware of the weather, resources such as the Oklahoma Mesonet and National Weather Service. These can help in making educated decisions regarding irrigation scheduling.
  3. Isolate groups of plants with similar irrigation requirements through the use of hydrozones within your irrigation system.
  4. Verifying that the sprinkler system is set to the correct operating pressure or replacing sprinklers with pressure regulating sprinker heads can significantly reduce the amount of water loss due to misting (fine water droplets that can be carried off target easily in the wind).
  5. Check the infiltration rate of your soil to be sure you are applying irrigation at a rate that doesn't exceed the soil's capacity. Sandy soils will take in water more quickly than clay soils.

For information on how we can help serve your commercial business, please contact:

Justin Quetone Moss, Associate Professor & Huffine Endowed Professor 
Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture
358 Agricultural Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078

Phone: 405-744-5729




With passage of House Bill 3055 (The Water for 2060 Act) in 2012, Oklahoma became the first state in the nation to establish a bold, statewide goal of consuming no more fresh water in 2060 than was consumed in 2010.