The Irving Water Utilities Department reminds residents and businesses that leaving sprinklers on automatic settings during the winter months allows the system to operate during or just before temperatures drop to freezing levels, potentially creating dangerous ice on roads and sidewalks. Automated sprinklers should be turned off until spring. Not only is it the safest approach, it also keeps water bills to a minimum.
North Texas landscapes are dormant this time of year. Trees, shrubs and grass no longer require irrigation every week. City staff advises sprinklers should be operated manually, no more than once every four to six weeks and only when temperatures will remain well above freezing. Keeping the controller off helps prevent accidental activation that could cause icing.
Irving now has year-round, twice-per-week irrigation limits with odd addresses using Sunday and Wednesday to water and even addresses using Saturday and Tuesday. From Nov. 1 to April 1, it is acceptable to irrigate during daytime hours, when it is typically warmest. If using hose-end sprinklers, it is a good time now to drain and store hoses, sprinklers and nozzles. Those who choose to irrigate lawns and landscaping should choose the appropriate day to avoid a warning or fine.
Residents and business owners are advised to conduct a checkup on an irrigation system before use, including the rain/freeze sensor, to ensure proper operation. For more information, visit CityofIrving.org/Water-Utilities.