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Make Sure Your Irrigation is Working Properly

Adjusting your irrigation timer is easy and can save significant amounts of water and money, all without sacrificing your landscape.  Daylight Savings Time began on March 11th, so now is a great time to seasonally adjust your irrigation.  Double check that your sprinklers and automated irrigation timers are set correctly.  Improperly set timers are a common source of overwatering, and can result in a higher bill.  The easiest way to know how much you can reduce is by using the water % adjust feature on your sprinkler timer. Check the seasonal water adjust calculator at for more details.

Be Sure to Check and Install a Backup Battery in Your Irrigation Controller

Make sure that the backup  battery in your irrigation controller is working properly.  During power outages, or when changing batteries these units often revert to the default setting, which could result in overwatering.

Rain On = Sprinklers Off

Plants require less watering during periods of rain and watering is prohibited for 48 hours after it rains.  Wait for the ground to dry out completely before turning your irrigation back on.  Many landscapes only need deep watering once a month, and some can go even longer.  Consider applying mulch to help protect plants against temperature changes, reduce evaporation, and control weed growth. 

Click here to view the GWD Three Easy Outdoor Conservation Tips video.

Schedule an appointment today to learn how to adjust your irrigation timer!

Our Water Conservation Staff can help you:

  • Schedule a convenient time to meet at your property.
  • Evaluate plant watering needs and landscape goals.
  • Develop a water wise irrigation schedule.
  • Check your irrigation timer and existing settings.
  • Learn how to program and adjust your irrigation controller.
  • Check irrigation controller batteries and install backup batteries.
  • Review current irrigation rebate opportunities.

Click here for more information on conservation or call Conservation Staff at 805-964-6761 to schedule an appointment.