Preparing Irrigation Systems for Spring

The winter months are ending, which means it’s time to get your irrigation system back on. It may be time for a tune up. This video provides step-by-step instructions to help you prepare the system before you begin watering regularly. Licensed irrigator Thomas DeCell explains this straightforward process which includes turning the water back on, controlling its flow, and finding and repairing any components that are broken, leaking, or damaged.

Backflow Prevention Protects the Water Supply

When water flows in the opposite direction than intended, contamination of drinking water can occur. This backflow, caused by a loss of pressure in supply lines or an increase of pressure on the user’s end, can introduce contaminants into water lines. There have even been instances of worms getting into a drinking water this way! That’s why it is so important to have an effective backflow prevention assembly in place. A licensed irrigator can install this equipment and test your system to make sure it conserves water and protects our drinking water from intrusion, as well as installing new irrigation systems.

Conserving Water

Following the instructions in the video, and repairing leaks or damage, will conserve water and help you save money on your water bill.

There are several ways to conserve water both inside and outside. Always remember to follow the schedule provided by your water supplier. This is even easier if you have a programmable irrigation system, since you can set it and adjust run-time based on conditions. If a schedule has not been provided by your supplier, remember that lawns typically only need up to one inch of water per week. Conservation is particularly important during the spring and summer months when drought conditions can arise.

Just like maintaining your car gets you where you need to go reliably, proper care of your irrigation system makes it more efficient, which gives you better results in your garden without wasting water.