Three checks of watering season

From control boxes to leaky heads, make sure you're keeping up on your irrigation system all summer long.

April 29, 2019 | By: Jimmy Luthye

May 1 marks the beginning of watering rules at Denver Water. And while you may not need to irrigate your landscape just yet, thanks to all the moisture we received this winter and spring, there are some important things to keep in mind when firing up your sprinkler system.

We asked James Walker, a senior field technician at Denver Water, to discuss the three biggest things people forget to check during watering season. Follow his advice to prevent water waste (and unnecessary spikes in your water bill).

Check 1: The settings on your sprinkler control box.

“Throughout the watering season, it’s important that people continue to check and adjust their irrigation timers,” said Walker. “Make sure you don’t set it and forget it.”

Check the control box

Check 2: The condition of your sprinkler heads.

“Many factors can contribute to leaks, including broken sprinkler heads,” he said. “That’s why frequent checks are important. If you have a leak, repair it as soon as possible.”

Check every zone

Check 3: The alignment of your nozzles and sprinkler heads.

“If your nozzles aren’t aligned properly, they can spray water high into the air or onto sidewalks and streets,” said Walker. “It’s also important to check after mowing, as it’s easy to knock heads out of alignment, or even break them.”

Sidewalks don't need water

Be sure to check out more tips and tools to help you water as efficiently as possible this year.

Other summer watering resources:

Contributing: James Walker, Wale Williams, Steve Snyder and Jay Adams.

2 thoughts on “Three checks of watering season”

  1. I have a question about daytime watering. Why do I see sprinklers going during 10 am and 6 pm on city properties. .?

    1. If it is on city property you can call 3-1-1 to report it. Sometimes it means parks staff is working on the system, which is done during working hours. Othertimes, it could mean a system was accidently reset, like during a power outage. By reporting it, they can properly follow-up and help prevent any water waste. To report water waste anywhere else, call Denver Water at 303-893-2444. Thanks for looking out!

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