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Don't Forget Timers When Springing Forward

March 10, 2017

When you reset those clocks this weekend for the start of Daylight Saving Time, don’t forget to check the timers on your irrigation system controllers.

Sunday is when we reset the clocks forward one hour. The time change is also a good time to make sure irrigation system timers are set correctly to ensure that the systems operate consistently with current water restrictions.

Under the District’s current year-round water conservation measures, lawn and landscape watering remains limited to a two-day-per-week schedule. To see the exact schedule for your area, visit here. Some local governments have stricter ordinances limiting lawn watering to one day per week or using different watering hours, so always refer to your local government or utility restriction guidelines first.

Know and follow your local watering restrictions, but don’t water just because it’s your day. Irrigate your lawn when it shows signs of stress from lack of water. Pay attention to signs of stressed grass:

Grass blades are folded in half lengthwise on at least one-third of your yard.
Grass blades appear blue-gray.
Grass blades do not spring back, leaving footprints on the lawn for several minutes after walking on it.

For additional information about water conservation, please contact your local utility or visit the District’s website at WaterMatters.org/Conservation.