Driving back from the gym in College Station, the other morning I passed several houses with irrigation systems watering the street. Besides wasting a lot of water it costs you money. How do you know when your automatic irrigation system is not working as designed? You set it to start while we are asleep and we assume it is working properly but how do you know?
During the heat of the summer, when rain is scarce, it’s very noticeable. Some areas are nice and green and others are hard and brown. If your yard has some of those brown areas it could be several things. The first thing to check is the area of coverage. Turn the system on to see where the heads are spraying. The water stream might need adjusting to increase or decrease the coverage. The next issue could be that the sprinkler head is not turning at all. Water pressure forces gears in the head to rotate the water stream from left to right and back. If it’s not turning, it needs to be cleaned of debris or replaced. A third issue could be a solenoid on a gate valve. The solenoid takes the electrical signals from the controller and opens the valve for the water to flow. If it goes bad the gate valve does not open and nothing comes out.
These are just three quick and easy items to look for if your lawn is not looking as green as you would like. If correcting any of these is more than you would went to tackle, there are irrigation companies that would gladly come out to inspect your system and make any repairs necessary.
An properly operating irrigation system saves both money and water. We are not in an emergency situation yet but reciently, the City of College Station informed us that if our water useage continues to rise we could be. For additional information on conserving water, contact the City of College Station Water Services Department.