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:

Consider permeable alternatives for driveways, patios and walkways that allow water to soak into the soil and reduce runoff.

Use bricks or blocks set in sand, gravel, or wood chips.

WaterSmart Tips:

Group plants with the same watering needs together to avoid overwatering some while under-watering others.

Water Knowledge Tips:

By making careful choices in our homes and businesses, we can keep our creeks, lakes, and communities healthy.