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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Save Money All Summer by Testing Automated Irrigation Systems

Posted by on Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 in Hot Topics, Notices

Now is a good time to spruce up your irrigation system after it has been dormant all winter.  As you turn on your automated systems this month, you will want to run zone tests or have your irrigation contractor do so, to check for misdirected or leaking heads which may need to be repaired, as well as mainline breaks.  Check each zone for optimal watering time, and be familiar with approximately how much water your irrigation system uses each time it runs a cycle.  When it comes to a home’s irrigation system, a little maintenance goes a long way.  You can use the following as a guide when performing your system review: https://www.rainbird.com/homeowners/spring-sprinkler-tune

Once your system is operational and set to the correct schedule for your address, routinely check the water usage on your monthly statement.  Should your water usage be unusually high, you may want to shorten the time for each run cycle.  Also, one can request an irrigation system audit from the Lower Colorado River Authority called “Water My Yard.”

During the water audit, an inspector analyzes the amount of water that is being applied and the rate of application; points out areas that are receiving too much water; and points out areas that are not receiving enough water.  A fix can be as simple as adjustments to your system run time per zone; realignment or adding an additional head where needed; or changing out older style heads to pressure regulating heads.  Knowing your irrigation system and making little changes can add up to a lot, and that can mean savings in water dollars and water conservation.

Thank you for continuing to conserve water in Lake Travis.  Please visit www.wcid17.org for the complete Stage 1 Mandatory Outdoor Watering Schedule that will begin May 1.   As we have been reminding everyone monthly, the watering schedule remains:

7:00 p.m. until 10:00 a.m. only on your two days

Addresses ending number:

Monday & Thursday               0, 1, 2, 3 (Res)

Tuesday & Friday                   4, 5, 6 (Res) and Commercial & HOAs

Wednesday & Saturday          7, 8, 9 (Res)

Sunday                                    no automated systems allowed

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