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The purpose of the Courtesy Consumption Notice is to inform residents that the water usage at respective property is nearing 30,000 gallons. Due to the increase in water usage, please expect a higher rate reflected on the next billing cycle. To avoid a higher rate charge, residents should retrace where the high-water consumption is coming from, whether it is an irrigation issue, a plumbing issue, etc. to lower the water usage resulting is resolving the excess usage.
Possible Reasons Include:
Usually between the hours of 10 AM to 4 PM, the reclaim water tanks are shut off and refilled for the next day of use. During this time frame, it is not recommended to irrigate the lawn because it is during the hottest time block of the day. Irrigating the lawn can risk damaging the landscape; the heat from the sun will evaporate the water before it reaches the roots or damage the roots from heated water.
Homes with an even numbered home addresses are recommended to irrigate only on Sunday and Thursday, while odd numbered home addresses are recommended to irrigate only on Saturday and Wednesday.
During those recommended days, the best time to irrigate is in early morning, allowing the sod to take in as much water as it can and while the remaining water from the irrigation dries or evaporates when the sun has fully risen. Letting excess water sit over night can run the risk of mold or fungus growing in the lawn.
As that zone is on, unplug the controller to see if the irrigation shuts off. If it does, then there might be an issue with the programming on the controller. If it continues to irrigate, then there is an issue with one of the control valves.
Zones should be separated by irrigation types.
Depending on the coverage the irrigation system provides for the landscaping, coverage can dictate how long to irrigate each zone. If the zone(s) provide full coverage on the landscaping, then lower irrigation times will work just as well.
The type of landscaping dictates the amount of irrigation needed as well. High drought tolerant sod like Bahia, requires less amounts of water. Sods like St. Augustine or Zosia are low drought tolerant turfs which will require the higher of the suggested times.