Sprinkler System Evaluations

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sprinklerThe City of Pflugerville Public Works Staff offers complimentary sprinkler evaluations to City of Pflugerville Water customers only from April 1st to September 30th. This evaluation is to help residents ensure that their system is working efficiently and not wasting water.

Residents must be home for the city to inspect each watering zone and access to the controller unit must be available. An evaluation can take from one to two hours to complete.

Please call Patricia Rinehart at 512-990-6405 to schedule an inspection.

Tips for watering efficiently

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  1. Apply only enough water to moisten the root zone of your plants (6 to 8 inches deep), then allow the soil to dry before watering again. This means: In clay soils, water no more than one inch per week. This is enough to moisten your plants' roots. In thin Hill Country soils, apply a maximum of ½ inch of water twice a week. See watering schedule.
  2. Water when the sun is down. No sun and less wind means that the water reaches the roots of your plants rather than evaporating before it hits the ground.
  3. Use low-angle sprinklers that produce droplets of water. Sprinklers that spray water high into the air or produce a mist lose water through evaporation.
  4. Use multiple start times or a "cycle and soak" feature.  This allows water to be applied a little at a time, eliminating run-off, and is especially helpful for sloped areas and areas with clay soil.
  5. Aim before you shoot: Direct sprinklers toward your lawn and away from sidewalks and driveways.
  6. Use drip irrigation for shrub beds, gardens, and trees. Drip irrigation systems apply water directly to the root, where it does the most good and reduces water loss from evaporation. Make sure you slow the flow so the water has time to soak into our region's tight clay and caliche soils —instead of running off.