SPRUCE UP YOUR SPRINKLER SYSTEM AND SAVE
When it comes to a home’s irrigation system, a little maintenance goes a long way. This spring, encourage homeowners and other customers to do a little “sprinkler spruce-up” by using the facts and tips below. By encouraging your constituents to properly maintain their irrigation systems or have them inspected and repaired by a certified irrigation professional, you will promote water-smart landscapes in your community.
Irrigation Water Use Facts
- Residential outdoor water use across the United States accounts for nearly 9 billion gallons of water each day, mainly for landscape irrigation.
Experts estimate that as much as half of the water we use outdoors is being wasted due to evaporation, wind, or runoff caused by inefficient irrigation methods and systems.
Homes with clock-timer-controlled irrigation systems use about 50 percent more water outdoors than homes without irrigation systems. Your system can waste even more if it’s programmed incorrectly, a sprinkler head is pointed in the wrong direction, or you have a leak.
A clock-timer-controlled irrigation system that isn’t properly programmed or maintained can waste as much as 30,000 gallons of water annually.
A broken or missing sprinkler head could waste as much as 25,000 gallons of water and more than $90 over a six-month irrigation season.
Simple Tips for Sprucing Up Your Sprinkler
Before watering this spring, spruce up your irrigation system by remembering four simple steps: inspect, connect, direct, and select.
- Inspect. Check your system for clogged, broken or missing sprinkler heads. Better yet, go with a pro—find an irrigation professional certified by a WaterSense labeled program to do the work for you.
- Connect. Examine points where the sprinkler heads connect to pipes/hoses. If water pools in your landscape or you have large soggy areas, you could have a leak in your system. A leak about as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen (or 1/32nd of an inch) can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month.
- Direct. Are you watering the driveway, house, or sidewalk instead of your yard? Redirect sprinklers to apply water only to the landscape.
- Select. An improperly scheduled irrigation controller can waste a lot of water and money. Update your system’s schedule with the seasons, or select a WaterSense labeled controller to take the guesswork out of scheduling.
For more tips, visit the WaterSense website at www.epa.gov/watersense/outdoor.
2015 WATER QUALITY REPORT
The District's 2015 Water Quality Report is now available. You may view a copy of our report HERE. Please contact our office at 615-628-0237 if you would like to receive a paper copy of the 2015 report. We will be happy to mail one to you at no charge, or you can stop by our office and pick one up. The State of Tennessee and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) require water systems to test and report on a regular basis to ensure safety and quality.
FIRE HYDRANT FLUSHING
District staff and local fire departments periodically and routinely flush hydrants throughout the District as a part of routine maintenance. The hydrants are flushed to maintain water quality. However, this process could stir sediment and cause temporary discoloration of your drinking water. If you experience any water quality issues such as cloudy or dirty water, we would recommend that you run your faucets for at least a few minutes to clear your service line. There is no known harmful effect on health due to discolored water from flushing.
LEAK DETECTION KITS
Think you may have a leaking toilet? Stop by our office for a free leak detection kit and save with each flush! Looking for more ways to save water? The EPA WaterSense calculator can help you estimate water, energy and utility bill savings from the installation of WaterSense labeled products. For more information and to use the savings calculator, please visit the EPA's website. EPA WaterSense Calculator
PRESSURE REDUCER VALVESYour home and/or business should be equipped with a Pressure Reducer Valve.
CROSS CONNECTION TESTING PROGRAM
Commercial backflow testing begins February 2015
Residential irrigation backflow testing begins June 2015
Cross connection is the undesirable reversal of water from its intended direction in any plumbing or pipeline system. A backflow prevention device that is properly installed, tested and maintained can reliably prevent the backflow of water of an unknown quality from flowing back into the community’s water system.
The State of Tennessee requires a backflow device to be installed and tested annually for all commercial buildings with domestic, fire and/or irrigation systems and also on irrigation systems for residential homes. A uniformed member of our staff will test your backflow device(s) each year. Whether commercial or residential, the cost per device and visit is $40.00. Your device(s) will be tested annually and you will receive a bill from Mallory Valley. If your device fails testing, Mallory Valley may repair your backflow device(s) and perform a re-test. We offer the repair service at the cost of parts/materials plus $40 per hour for labor. We offer this service to help our customers and to maintain compliance with the State of Tennessee.
For more information on cross connection, please click here: Backflow Prevention.
A cross connection is a situation where a possible source of contamination is directly linked to our public water system. For example, if the end of your garden hose is connected to a chemical container, swimming pool or other contaminant during a water main break or fire, the substance can be siphoned back into the water system. This condition, known as cross connection, could cause a public health hazard. Backflow Devices are available to prevent this and other cross connection problems and are required by the State of Tennessee for all Commercial customers and all Residential customers with an irrigation system. Please help us provide a safe supply of drinking water to all of our customers.
For more information on cross connections and how to protect against them, please call our office at 615-628-0237. Thank you!
AFTER HOUR EMERGENCIES
A member of our maintenance staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for water related emergencies and water outages. If you need immediate assistance, please call 615.628.0237 and a member of our maintenance staff will promptly return your call. A service fee may apply for after hours service calls and payment will be due at the time service is provided. The District excepts checks or on-line credit card payment for emergency call service fees. Please Note: For customer service and maintenance, or other non-emergency issues, our technicians will not be dispatched between the hours of 8:00 pm and 7:30 am.
DISCONNECTION POLICY FOR DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS
If FULL payment of your balance due is not received in our office within 60 days of the statement date, then your service is subject to disconnection. In addition, your entire past due balance will be due and payable at that time - including those past due balances that are less than 60 days past due. Reconnection fees will also apply. The District excepts checks or on-line credit card payment for emergency call service fees and payments. For the safety of our technicians, the District will not reconnect water service between the hours of 8:00 pm and 7:30 am.
Suspicious Activity? Only uniformed District personnel should be seen inspecting and maintaining water meters and other public water system infrastructure. If you see any suspicious activity, please contact our office or the local police department.
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