Is Your Irrigation System Efficient?
Keeping your irrigation system leak-free and efficient will help avoid water waste and save on your monthly water bill. Follow these tips to keep your irrigation system in top shape
- Test sprinklers and spray heads to ensure they work properly.
- Fix leaks, drips and broken equipment.
- Make sure sprinklers are directed away from paved surfaces.
- Set irrigation timers to a sensible schedule to avoid runoff.
Water bill higher than expected? These
tips can help reduce
water bills and maintain a green lawn:
Installing a new irrigation / sprinkler system?
Step 1 - Before You Start
Compare current bill with irrigation rates before installing a meter.
According to state law (House Bill H2499 and HB 1766), all irrigation systems installed after July 1, 2009 must be connected to a separate irrigation meter, unless platted prior to July 1, 2009. Also any irrigation design, construction and maintenance exceeding $2500 must be performed by a licensed irrigation contractor unless the installation work is performed by the property owner (exclusions for agricultural and nursery operations).
When installing an irrigation system, customers are required to install and maintain a backflow prevention assembly on their water line to ensure the safety of the surrounding community.
Step 2 - Apply for New Connection and Backflow Prevention Device
Irrigation Installation Note: Check water pressure during installation. If water pressure exceeds 80 psi, consider installing a pressure reducing valve (prv) to protect the irrigation plumbing for potential leaks or damage over time.
Step 3 - Installation
Step 4 - Annual Testing of Backflow Prevention Device
The backflow prevention assembly must be tested by a Charlotte Water approved and certified tester upon installation and annually thereafter.