Introduction:

DON’T GET CAUGHT IN THE COLD THIS YEAR!

Irrigation systems should be winterized each year before the first freeze to avoid damage. Once winterized, the system will be turned off and restarted in the spring. If you are unsure of how to drain your irrigation system, contact a licensed plumber or building professional. See Yavapai County Contractors Association website.

 

Winterizing irrigation system basics:

  1. Turn off the water to the irrigation system at the main valve.
  2. Insulate and freeze proof the backflow prevention device and valves.
  3. Set the automatic irrigation controller to the “rain” setting.
  4. Turn on each valve to release pressure in pipes.
  5. Drain all water from irrigation components that might freeze.
  6. For more information, go to: www.irrigationtutorials.com/ or hunterindustries.com/winterizingyour-irrigation-system

 

Community Information:

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Have questions for the City of Prescott Water Conservation Department? Click here to ask.

 

 

And don’t forget to winterize your rain barrel:

  1. Disconnect the rain barrel from the gutterdownspout.
  2. Empty barrel of all water. Make sure todrain the water from attached hoses as well. 3.Clean the inside of the barrel.
  3. Clean the inside of the barrel.
  4. Store your rain barrel in a dry place orupside-down.
  5. During the winter, you should reconnectthe gutter downspout.

 

Submit your water conservation rebate application online at
www.waterrebates.com/az-prescott

Additional Resources:

Prescott Creeks and the Creek Care Guide

Arizona Cooperative Extension: Yavapai Gardening

Harvesting Rainwater for Landscape Use

Conservation: Regional Water Awareness Handbook

WaterShed Smart Tips:

Fertilizers and pesticides applied to outdoor landscaping will seep into groundwater and contaminate our creeks.

Consider using organic compost, soil amendments, and non-toxic alternatives to pest and weed management.

WaterSmart Tips:

Use 2 to 4 inches of organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and save hundreds of gallons of water a year.

Water Knowledge Tips:

As runoff flows over paved, dirt, and landscaped surfaces, it can pick up debris, chemicals, soil and other pollutants as it flows untreated into the nearest creek or lake.