The following tips can prevent flooding and may help resolve irrigation concerns in the neighborhood. Please read and share them with others in your household who irrigate your property.
- Keep yard valves completely closed at all times except during your turn to irrigate.
- Repair leaking valves and ports as soon as leaks are detected.
- Keep ditches and pipes clean.
- Check the irrigation schedule and make a note of your delivery on and off times. Any water listed as ditch time immediately prior to your scheduled time is your responsibility to manage.
- Communicate with neighbors irrigating before and after you.
- Take irrigation water ordered at the scheduled time. The only exceptions to the delivery schedule are when you have made an agreement to trade or share water with neighbors or instructed by SRP to take water.
- Manage irrigation water during your entire scheduled water delivery.
- Control your irrigation and keep it from flooding city streets or neighbors' properties.
- Ask your neighbors for help if necessary. If you have a water emergency, call SRP at (602) 236-3333.
- If your yard has not been irrigated for many months, consider aerating before irrigating to allow water to penetrate the soil more efficiently. A properly graded and well-aerated yard should have between 2 to 3 inches of standing water, which should penetrate the ground within about three hours.
- Make necessary repairs to your neighborhood system as soon as possible to prevent water loss, flooding and avoid a suspension of irrigation service.
- Clean grates in your system before and during water delivery.
- Make sure ditches are clear of weeds and other obstructions. Water flows more efficiently if ditches are free of weeds and grass. It is a good idea to mow your grass a day or two before receiving water.
- Keep yard berms built up high enough to contain all water ordered on your property.
- Avoid flooding and wasting water by ordering only the amount of water that can be contained on your property.
- Always check all standboxes in the neighborhood system to ensure the entire system is set properly.
- Always have sandbags available to alleviate the effects of flooding.
- Please try to take your water even if it rains, since water can't be sent back up the canal. The best solution is for you and your neighbors to share as much of the water as possible. When every yard in your subdivision is full, call us to turn off the water.
- Get to know your neighbors, have telephone numbers handy to save legwork and offer/ask for assistance when problems arise or there is a water scheduling conflict (vacations, illness and work hours).