Trickle Down Thursday: Sprinkler System Smarts

In-ground sprinkler systems can save time and be helpful. They can also be very expensive. Reduce your costs by watering wisely:

  • avoid over watering
  • adjust your sprinklers so you aren’t watering the house or the sidewalk
  • water in the early hours of the morning for the greatest benefit
  • shorten the water run-time to allow for better absorption
  • repair any leaks, clogged heads, or stuck solenoids

Information provided by: https://www.waterone.org/community/use-water-wisely/smart-watering

Waterwise Wednesday: Fall Water Check

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Use this week’s warmer weather for a Fall water check.

1. Find and fix leaks in sprinkler systems, broken heads and exterior walls (look for water damage to outer walls). Tiny openings may have allowed below freezing temperatures to freeze a pipe last week.

2. Insulate water pipes in unheated areas by wrapping with heat-tape and insulation tubes. This will allow hot water to reach your taps faster and save energy on water heating.

3. Locate your property shut-off valve. The faster you can turn off the water during a major leak, the less property damage and less water wasted.

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Waterwise Wednesday: Freeze Prep

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Time to put away the watering tools, the season’s first hard freeze is predicted for late this week.

– Winterize sprinkler systems by expelling all the water from the irrigation system and equipment, then blow out with pressurized air.

– Empty any remaining water and clean any residue from rain barrels or other water capture devices.

– Disconnect hoses from outdoor spigots and store them inside. Shut off water to outdoor spigots if possible.

– Clear gutters of leaves and debris to avoid trapping rain and snow melt that may freeze and pull the gutters away from the house.