Spring Sprinkler Startups
Now that spring is here, you may be thinking of starting up that irrigation system. If you will be doing this yourself (and not hiring someone to help) it is important to inspect all the valves, every sprinkler head, the water lines, and to properly schedule the controller for the season. Minimizing leaks and inefficiencies will save you money and conserve water!
When restoring water to your system be sure to do so slowly. Opening the main water valve quickly can cause a high-pressure surge that could result in damaged valves and burst fittings. Instead, open the main water valve to the irrigation in a slow and controlled fashion to gradually ease water flow and prevent a costly repair. Check to ensure that sprinkler heads are not obstructed in any way. Spray heads that are damaged, buried, and blocked with plants, dirt, rocks, or any other type of debris could mean the uneven flow of water. Clean the cobwebs off the controller and find the operating manual for your irrigation controller. It is likely to need a complete reset starting with the date and time.
For more water conservation tips and rebates for turf replacement or upgraded appliances, visit www.erieco.gov/WaterConservation