Winter is the ideal time to give your sprinkler system a nice long break.
In fact, it’s also a good time to have it checked thoroughly by an irrigator before you gear up for the spring season.
If you choose to inspect it yourself, here are a few things you should examine:
- First, make sure your controller has a rain sensor — per city ordinance — so the system doesn’t run when it’s raining.
- Second, change the nine-volt battery inside the panel of the controller, as this retains your program memory in case of a power outage. While you’re there, tab through your existing sprinkler programs and identify incorrect zone settings, such as excessive run times or unnecessary start times.
- Lastly, test the sprinkler heads to make sure they are operating properly. Check for leaks, proper zone coverage and, most importantly, overspray onto sidewalks, driveways and the street. This is considered illegal water waste.
Of course, you can always call San Antonio Water Sysytem (SAWS) at 210-704-SAVE to set up an irrigation system checkup with one of our conservation consultants.
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Adolph Garcia is a conservation consultant for San Antonio Water System. This article has be republished with permission from the SAWS WaterSaver Newsletter.