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2009 Irrigation Season
Posted on Mar 9th, 2009
Once the system is up and running, Fling will go through the neighborhood and identify the homes whose irrigation systems are running on automatic. If your system is found to be in this automatic state, you will receive a letter notifying you to check your system and have your timer set. The next round of inspections will yield violation letters to those Homeowners still found out of compliance. This is a very important matter. Each Homeowner can help the Association can save money on unnecessary repairs by having their system in compliance.
Remember, the HOA is only responsible for getting water to your curb. Anything beyond the curb, including timers, sprinkler heads, etc. is the responsibility of the homeowner. This small utility size system (larger than some city’s or about the size of 4 golf courses) is very complex. It works off seven wells, two retention ponds and pumping stations, 48 master valves (that control water to the sub mains on specific streets) and uses approximately ten miles of pipe. The system runs approximately 230,000 gallons of water each night it operates.
In order for the system to operate as efficiently and equitably as possible, it is important for you to understand a critical facet of the irrigation system. Most Moss Creek Single Family homeowners can control the irrigation in two places: at the control panel in your garage and the control valves in your yard. Many homes in Moss Creek have the control valves in the ON position. Not only is the community wasting water when this happens, but residents who should be getting water at a particular time could face supply and pressure issues. Proper timer programming is crucial to the functionality of the system, and it is your responsibility to make sure your timers are set correctly. Running your system on Automatic is not only a violation, but causes unnecessary and harmful taxing of the system. Our system is state-of-the-art, but it is complex and needs constant care. To run properly and efficiently, EVERYONE must have their system timers set properly. Believe it or not, most of the problems that our irrigation system has faced are caused by too many Homeowners having their systems running on automatic or manual, thus stressing the mechanics and causing pump and valve breakdowns. When homeowners have their system on automatic and more that one zone running at a time, the pressure in the line is reduced and the pumps have to work harder to make up for it. If you get multiple homes on the same trunk line running this way, the problem is compounded and the system breaks down.
If you\'re unsure about how to program your timer, check the owner\'s manual or consult with an independent landscaper. You may also be able to find instructions online. When programming your timer, be sure to have only one zone operating at a time. The main system is designed to provide a total of 600 gallons of water to each lawn, spread over a one-hour time frame. If your system has two zones, they should each operate for 30 minutes, and so on. Over-watering your lawn is not only wasteful, but it can lead to diseased turf and growth of fungi. The larger system is equipped with turf-saturation sensors (or rain sensors) which will prevent the irrigation from being activated if the ground is saturated to a certain point. Do not over-compensate for a missed irrigation cycle by running multiple zones at once. Moss Creek\'s is an extremely complex irrigation system, and when a part of it malfunctions it\'s critical that Fling and Kuester are informed quickly.