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: http://www.irrigationtutorials.com/ or http://www.hunterindustries.com/winterizing-your-irrigation-system

 

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And don't forget to winterize your rain barrel:

  1. Disconnect the rain barrel from the gutter downspout
  2. Empty barrel of all water. Make sure to drain the water from attached hoses as well.
  3. Clean the inside of the barrel.
  4. Store your rain barrel in a dry place or upside-down.
  5. During the winter, you should reconnect the 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:

Identify places where water is causing erosion as it drains off your property.

Slow the flow with natural ground cover and divert water to landscape vegetation.

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:

We all play a role in protecting our precious water resources.