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Apr 29

WaterWise alert for January 13-19; sign up to be a WaterWise Block Captain

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 12:30 PM by Danny Long

WaterWise AdvisoryAre you ready to get involved in water conservation?

Frisco’s WaterWise Team invites residents to join our network of volunteers who share a passion for water conservation. The WaterWise Block Captain Program is a good way to get to know your neighbors and share information about the city’s water efficiency programs.

Whether you are new to the program or a current volunteer, please register to attend the Annual Orientation and Training.
  • Saturday, January 25th
    9-11 a.m. (new volunteers)
    10-11 a.m. (current Block Captains)
    Public Works Facility
    11300 Research Road
    Frisco, TX
Apr 29

Frisco's WaterWise Advisory for February 3-9

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 12:17 PM by Danny Long

Water education coordinator Joyce Warren reminds you that grasses are dormant this time of year, so there is no need to run your yard sprinkler system. The City of Frisco remains at Stage 3 water restrictions. Watering cool-season and rye grasses is not allowed.
Apr 29

Get your irrigation system ready for the spring / summer watering season

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 12:12 PM by Danny Long

Free Irrigation AuditSoon enough the Texas spring will be upon us, and as you get your yard and flower beds prepped for the growing season, it’s important to check on your sprinkler situation as well, to make sure the water is landing where you need it, and none is being wasted.

Checking your sprinkler system is one of the most important outdoor activities to perform around your home during the spring and summer. This is the time when you want to make sure everything is working correctly and your entire landscape has proper coverage.

One of the most common forms of water waste I observe during my inspections is a sprinkler head with the wrong size spray nozzle on it. Your best bet is to always buy the
smallest sprinkler nozzle necessary to cover the nearby watering area. A spray nozzle is the small part that screws into the stem and distributes the water. They come in all sizes. The larger the area they cover the more water they use.

Ask your hired irrigation professional or a store assistant which nozzle is right for you.

Most repairs on sprinkler heads can be done by a homeowner with parts purchased at one of several irrigation supply stores or home improvement stores in Frisco.

Here’s how to check your sprinkler system:
  • Check for leaks by watching zones with low pressure very closely. This sometimes indicates a leaky pipe. Also keep an eye out for rapid puddling or ponding in areas where a zone is being tested.
  • Follow the test cycle run through in your yard and mark the problem areas with a flag or a colored stick in the ground so you can find and fix problems. Common problems include leaky heads, heads that spray too low and bent or crooked heads.
  • If you notice that a zone does not turn on or that it turns off prematurely, this may require an irrigation professional.
  • Remember, every watering day you can skip, or go without watering, can save you an average 1,000 gallons of water.
  • Run the test cycle on your sprinkler system. The majority of sprinkler controllers have a test cycle mode on the main dial that can be set for 2 minutes. This cycles through each zone and allows enough time for you to spot any problem areas.
  • Set your sprinkler controller for spring watering. Watering your landscape once every 7 to 10 days is probably enough in spring. Short run times, several times throughout your watering day will help the soil absorb all of the water and avoid run off.
Call Mike Barth if you are in need of an irrigation audit. Frisco residents are entitled to 1 free audit each year.