How to Set Your Irrigation System for Watering Restrictions
- Know when you can water. Remember, you don’t need to water at all; but when you do, you are restricted to once per week. Find your day at www.tampabaywater.org/watersmarter.
- Find your irrigation controller. If you don’t know where it is, then you probably don’t operate it. You can give this information to your irrigation or maintenance contractor and have them go through this process:
- Make sure you have a new back up battery in the controller. If the electricity goes out, your system will probably reset to water in the middle of the day – meaning you are violating restrictions and could be at risk of receiving a citation from $100 to $450.
- Check to make sure the time of day and day of week are correct. Daylight savings time is in effect, so you probably need to modify the settings.
- Answer these questions: What zones are watering on which day? How long is each zone watering? Are you set to water on the correct day and within the time limits?
- Make sure your irrigation system’s rain shut-off device works and is set to turn off the system when your yard receives, at least, ½ inch of rain. These devices are generally mounted in an unobstructed area outdoors and wired to either a specific part of the controller or the common wire of the irrigation system.
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