Even though the app was just released in 2020, a second version will soon be released with a new user interface.
In the new version there are options to make it easier for users to adjust their water recommendations by including their own rainfall measurements and increasing or decreasing the amount of water, as may be needed by microclimates in the yard or variations in plant type. Microclimates are the individual climates of small areas, confined spaces such as caves or houses, plant communities, wooded areas, or urban communities, which may be different from the general region.
The website has also been revamped with a new home page and improved support information.
Dr. Fipps received funding to develop a WaterMyLawn irrigation controller that controls your automatic irrigation system by wirelessly connecting to the app on your phone through Bluetooth technology. A prototype is being developed this summer.
Sponsors of WaterMyLawn, including cities, water utilities, and water districts, are helping to make the public more aware of the app’s potential and the savings it can offer.
The EPA has also funded a program to expand WaterMyLawn in the Houston area to support the Galveston Bay Foundation's efforts to reduce runoff and nonpoint source pollution into the bay. This program includes a public media campaign featuring several billboards, local TV and radio interviews, and advertisements.
“More and more people are starting to understand that we have a water problem in Texas,” Fipps said. “Using this app is great way to start chipping away at that problem.”
For more information on how to take care of your lawn, download the Guide to Yard Care.