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Your Sprinkler System – Check It Out!
TITUSVILLE, FL - (March 2, 2017) – Spring is heading our way and soon the sound of sprinkler systems will be heard throughout our neighborhoods. Before you flip the switch on your sprinkler system, take a moment to check it out.
Daylight Saving Time Irrigation Schedule
Check to make sure your controller is set on the correct irrigation schedule. Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 12, and we will set our clocks forward. With the change in time comes a change in the irrigation schedule. During Daylight Saving Time, March 12 through November 4, the irrigation restrictions limit outside irrigation to no more than twice a week. Homes with even-numbered addresses can irrigate on Thursdays and Sundays. Homes with odd-numbered addresses can irrigate on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Businesses can irrigate on Tuesdays and Fridays. The irrigation restrictions apply whether you are using reclaimed water, well water, or city water.
Next, check your sprinkler heads. The heads should match in any one zone to prevent over- or under-watering plants and turf. Plants and turf should be in separate zones since they have very different watering needs. Broken heads should be replaced.
Check to make sure your rain sensor is operating correctly. Florida law requires rain sensors on automatic irrigation systems so that the system turns off when it is raining.
Finally, check to see that your sprinklers are putting water where you need it. Irrigation water that constantly hits a wooden structure will promote rot. Sprinklers directed towards impervious surfaces such as driveways, streets, or sidewalks send water down the storm drains, not onto your lawn.
According to Maureen Phillips, Titusville Water Conservation & Public Outreach Manager, if homeowners give their sprinkler systems a checkup to make sure they were operating properly, they will find that irrigating no more than twice a week is sufficient to maintain a healthy lawn. Phillips said that simple steps such as setting the controller correctly, fixing broken heads, installing a rain sensor, and directing heads towards turf greatly increases the efficiency of an irrigation system. An efficient irrigation system means less water wasted through runoff or evaporation into the air, and more water getting to plant roots.
Titusville residents can learn more about the irrigation restrictions and how to create an attractive water-saving yard by contacting the Titusville Conservation Office at 321-567-3865 or by visiting the Water Resources Department’s Conservation Program pages at www.titusville.com.