Reclaimed water is wastewater which has been cleaned, processed, and ready for reuse. A benefit of using reclaimed water is its nutrient content which helps to nourish plants, trees, and grasses. Reusing wastewater in your irrigation systems for example, is a smart way to reduce the stress on water supplies by creating an alternative water source. The Reclaimed Water Section ensures the proper design, maintenance and efficiency of its irrigation systems to ensure both your lawn and your wallet stay green. Here are some tips on how you can effectively and efficiently use your irrigation systems:
- Do not run your system between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. During those hours, the heat of the sun causes water to evaporate much faster.
- Water only three days per week for no more than 30 to 45 minutes.
- Run your irrigation system in test mode at least once per week to ensure it’s working properly and inspect for leaks or broken sprinklers.
- Do not run your irrigation systems during a drought. This may cause pressure issues leading to broken heads or lines.
- Do not run your irrigation system while it is raining. Ensure the rain sensor is working properly and test periodically.
- Avoid over spraying and watering pavement or other nonporous surfaces.
- Above ground hose bibs are not allowed to be connected to the reclaimed water line. Reclaimed water is designed for irrigation of your lawn. Do not use it to wash your car, fill your swimming pool, or water your vegetable garden.