Thursday, December 9, 2010

Winter Water Awarness

How many times have you seen sprinklers running in the rain and wondered who the careless person is that's responsible? You can avoid being that person by adjusting your irrigation system now to conserve water and protect our environment.

For example, in the city of Brea, California, its stipulated that sprinklers are never to operate between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Additionally, from November 1 through March 31, automatic systems can only run one day per week for no more than fifteen minutes per station, which in most cases is unnecessary thanks to prolonged winter time soil saturation factors. Obviously during rainy periods they should not operate at all.
Likewise, landscape irrigation shouldn't overflow onto pavement and into storm drains.

Over-watering is a primary cause of runoff which carries pollutants into our watershed. Do the right thing by minimizing autumn, winter, and early spring irrigation. Limit, or better yet eliminate all together, the use of lawn chemicals/pesticides, and keep debris from entering the street near your home. With minimal effort, you can single-handedly improve our water quality, thus improving the quality of life for everyone! Read more about about how to be a water-wise gardener.

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