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Outdoor Irrigation Restrictions, Incentives, and Rebates

 

Outdoor Watering Programs in Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater

Water Restrictions:

City of Lacey's outdoor water restrictions are set up to help reduce peak demand during the summer months and it starts on June 1 through Sept. 30.
 

 

Lacey Watering Schedule

Exemptions to the watering guidelines include outdoor potted plants, hanging baskets, greenhouse plants, public-owned athletic fields and water used to wash cars. Residents who planted a new lawn or landscape can ask for temporary exemptions. 

City of Olympia and Tumwater do not have outdoor water restrictions; however, they do recommend that customers conserve what they can and have offered some water incentives and rebates to their residential customers.

 

Outside Water Conservation Incentives and Rebates: 


Water use frequently doubles or triples during the summer months largely because of outdoor watering. In most cases homeowners overwater their landscape by failing to utilize irrigation components that take into consideration site conditions, weather patterns, and specific plant needs. The City of Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater have put together an incentive water conservation package to encourage water reduction and to save money on utility bills. 

 

City of Lacey Residential Kits: 
 

  1. Free Outdoor Water Saving Kit which includes 3 hose screens, 2 hose repair ends, 1 heavy-duty adjustable spray nozzle.  This can save up to 7,300 gallons of water per year.

  2. Free Auto Shut-off Hose Sprinkler Timer. The timer connects to your hose bib and sprinkler and will automatically shut off after the desired set time. This can save up to 2,500 gallons of water per year.

  3. Free Soil Moisture Sensor. Overwatering your lawn not only wastes water, it can also cause disease.  A soil moisture sensor is a device that will show you when the soil is ready to be watered to prevent overwatering and wasting money. This can save up to 2,500 gallons of water per year. 

City of Lacey residents should keep their eyes open for the annual water report which will contain coupons for indoor and outdoor water saving kits as well as coupons. The water savings supplies are given out on a first come first serve basis.

Lacey

For more information, contact WaterResources@ci.lacey.wa.us or visit http://www.ci.lacey.wa.us/city-government/city-departments/public-works/water-resources/drinking-water-programs/water-conservation-program

 

City of Olympia Residential Kits and Rebates:
 

  1. Free Outdoor Water Saving Kit - This kit includes a rain gauge (your lawn only needs about one inch of water per week), a hose repair kit to fix leaks, and an adjustable spray nozzle for your hose. 

  1. Free Rain Sensor - Rain sensors turn off automatic irrigation systems when it is raining. They are easy to install and adjust, and will fit all irrigation controllers. 

  1. Free Hose Watering Timer - If you use a hose-end sprinkler to water your lawn and garden, a timer is a great way to prevent overwatering. Turn it on and forget it, watering only as long as you need to. 

  1. Rain Barrel Rebates $20-60 - A rain barrel collects rain water from your roof and stores it for later uses like watering your garden.  You can collect about 55 gallons of rain water with each barrel.  City of Olympia water customers can receive a $20 rebate on the purchase of each rain barrel, up to 3, for a total rebate of $60. Purchase a rain barrel, install the barrel, and submit your rebate form with a copy of your dated receipt before Dec. 31, 2014. 

  1. Smart Irrigation Controller 50% up to $200 Rebate - Smart irrigation controllers automatically adjust watering times based on weather conditions to provide optimal moisture for healthy plants and conserve water. If you have an irrigation system with a standard controller, you could see water savings of up to 30% by upgrading to an approved smart controller! 

  1. Pressure Reducing Valve 50% up to $125 RebateCity of Olympia offers a limited number of rebates to customers who live in a high pressure zone. If you are experiencing high water pressure in your home, you can receive rebates for up to 50% of the installed cost of a Pressure Reducing Valve at your home.  Pick up your free items in person at Olympia City Hall (with a copy of your utility bill) or request a kit via mail by calling 360.753.8271 or emailing waterwise@ci.olympia.wa.us. 

Olympia

For more information visit http://olympiawa.gov/city-utilities/drinking-water/conservation.aspx

  

City of Tumwater Residential Kits and Rebates:
 

Save water and money this summer by using these outdoor water saving devices: 
 

  1. Free Shut-off Spray Hose Nozzles – Automatically shut off the water when you are not actively using your hose; great for car washing and watering the lawn.

  2. Free Rain/Irrigation Gauges – Your lawn needs an average 1” of rain each week, and this is the perfect way for you to measure how much water your landscape is receiving.

  3. Rain Barrel Rebates up to $60 - If you purchase a rain barrel to collect rain water during the rainy months for use in the spring and summer, you may be eligible to receive a $10 rebate for each barrel up to 6 barrels you purchased.

 NOTE: Rebates are given on a first-come first-served basis until rebate funds are  exhausted.  

  1. Receive up to $200 Rebate to install a weather-based irrigation device if you are planning a new or upgrading an existing automatic irrigation system:

    • When you install an evapotranspiration (ET) controller, OR
    • When you install a conservation controller with a rain sensor, OR 
       
    • Purchase a soil moisture sensor with a new or existing irrigation system

Note: New and upgraded devices must be inspected and verified by a licensed landscape irrigation contractor. The inspector's signature on the rebate application form is required. Controlled Rain, LLC would be happy to assist you with this process.  

Tumwater

For more information on the City of Tumwater visit: http://www.ci.tumwater.wa.us/departments/public-works/utilities/for-homes


Controlled Rain, LLC is ready to help you make sure your sprinklers are ready for Summer; to give you an estimate to install a new system or modify an existing system; and/or to assist you with the city rebates. Click below to get on our calendar.  

Spring Start Up

 

 

Tips to Conserve Water in your Landscape

 

Here are some practical tips that will help you efficiently accomplish a beautiful yard while being water-use minded.

Nice HouseWater Wisely:  The efficient way to water is a few times for a shorter amount of time, with 15 minute breaks in between.  This allows water enough time to soak into the soil.

Water On Time:  The best time to water is in the morning between 5 and 10 a.m.  Watering during the day is wasted due to the wind and evaporation; at night grass can remain wet allowing fungus to grow.

Water at the Roots:  Drip irrigation is recommended to get water directly to the roots.  Drip irrigation enables a low volume of water to be dispersed right at the root system of the plant.  This is recommended when wanting to water individual trees, flowerbeds, potted containers or other non-grass areas.  This efficient method reduces water waste due to evaporation and runoff.

Water by Zones:  Divide your landscape into separate irrigation zones.  This way grass can be watered separately and more frequently than groundcover plants, shrubs, and trees.

Water what Grows:  If you have an automatic sprinkler system, make sure the sprinklers are adjusted properly to avoid the wasteful watering of sidewalks and driveways.

Make Inspections:  Routinely check your sprinklers to make sure everything is working properly; a clogged sprinkler or a torn line doesn't benefit your landscape or your water bill.

Be Flexible:  Adjust your automatic sprinkler system as the weather and seasons change.  Or better yet, install a shut-off device that automatically detects rain, whcih allows you to take advantage of the water nature provides without having to pay for it.

To see a short video on How-To and Watering Tips, click HERE.

Meet David, Our Irrigation Service Manager

 

DavidDavid has been a big part of Controlled Rain's success and I would have to say he is one of the best irrigation troubleshooters in Washington State!  He can fix anything and prides himself in doing so.  We call him "MacGyver" around here.

At Controlled Rain, we are vigilant about building a personal relationship with our customers. We do whatever it takes to achieve complete customer satisfaction. To us, our customers are much more than just another job; they are an extension of our friends and family. Because we are striving to build a connection with our customers, we would like to share with you a more personal look at one of our employees.  Meet David

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Q:  How did you get started in the irrigation industry and how long have you been servicing your customers?

A:  I like working outdoors.  I like the small family oriented business atmosphere of Controlled Rain.  I took a chance and knocked on a home office door to inquire if they were hiring and well over 10 plus years later I’m still here.

Q:  What is the best part of being an irrigation technician?

A:  I get to play in puddles!

Q:  Do you have a story to share about helping a customer?

A:  One of our customers has a chocolate lab and I was working in a hole and the dog kept dropping a toy in my hole so that I would throw it for him.  And of course, he would fetch it and drop it back in my hole.  I had to start throwing it farther and farther each time so that I had enough time to get a portion of my project completed.  It was quite comical.  This occurred the whole time I was there.

Q:  What kind of hobbies do you like?

A:  I love anything that involves motors or competition such as RC’s, Quads, paintball.

Q:  What are some fun facts about you?

A:  I like to have fun. 

 

A little bit about Controlled Rain, LLC:

At Controlled Rain, your service experience is our highest priorities.  Because of that, we offer:

  • A Better Business Bureau A+ rating.

  • Highly-trained, extensive background checked and drug-free technicians.

  • We are constantly mindful of your valuable time.

  • The peace of mind that comes from a knowledgeable technician who will be able to diagnose and fix your problem to your satisfaction.

  • Absolute 100% Customer Satisfaction

  • And much, much more

In summary, there is no company better geared to helping your family and landscape needs than Controlled Rain. We're proud to serve you.

If you want to meet our irrigation team in person and have us do a Spring Start Up on your system, click here and sign up.

 

Spring Start Up

What is a Sprinkler Spring Start Up?

 

In the Winter, the sprinkler system is turned off and winterized removing all water from pipes to avoid freezing and breakage.  So in the Spring, the system needs to be turned back on. 

A Spring Start Up refers to recharging your sprinkler system with water. 

Spring Start UpIndustry standard recommends that in the Spring, you have a licensed professional turn back on your system and recharge it with water.  A Controlled Rain Sprinkler Spring Start Up consists of a trained technician:

  1. Recharging your system with water by turning the water on at the main valve.
  2. Turning your controller on and manually turning on each zone.
  3. Going through each zone to make sure there aren't any breaks or debris in the pipes, valves, sprinkler heads, or nozzles.
  4. Cleaning out valve boxes due to critters kicking up the dirt or knawing on the wires.
  5. Clearing away grass from sprinkler heads so they can pop up correctly.
  6. Making sure the controller is operating and programmed properly.
After the Spring Start Up, the technician will:
  • Perform any repairs with customer permission.
  • Make recommendations for sprinkler system: for instance, your shrub sprinklers may need to be resized due to plant growth or add some drip irrigation, etc.
  • Educate customer on water efficient strategies to help save time, money, and water.
  • Create a diagram of your system with products used for future repairs. We can come to your home prepared with the correct brands, sizes, etc.
If you are interested, want more information, and would like to see our Spring Start Up video, click on the link below:

 

 

Meet Evan, Our Irrigation Technician

 

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Evan joined Controlled Rain, LLC last year and has already amazed our customers!!  We look forward to this spring and summer season.  Get to know Evan -

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Q: How did you get started in the irrigation industry and how long have you been servicing your customers?

A: Most of my sprinkler experience comes from working at golf courses.  I worked at Castle Pines in Colorado for 2 years and spent another 2 years at the Golf Club at Hawks Prairie in Lacey, WA.  Working with Controlled Rain through one winterization service season has prepared me to meet all their customers in person this spring.  I am looking forward to getting to know Controlled Rain’s customers and helping them get the most out of their irrigation systems. 
 

Q: What is the best part of being an irrigation technician?

A: I like being an irrigation technician because there is always a different problem to fix and it always keeps you on your toes.  Not only have I really enjoyed meeting the great customers we have; I also enjoy fixing things to help people.  At Controlled Rain, I get to do both – so I am a lucky guy.
 

Q: Do you have a story to share about helping a customer?

A: My goal is to go above and beyond to get the job done right while giving our customers the best experience possible.  I work with speed, cleanliness, a good attitude and attention to detail plus superior skills and knowledge.  I look forward to creating some great stories with my customers.


Q: What kind of hobbies do you like?

A: I have a bunch of things I like to do and am very active.  I love to hunt, fish, camp, work on anything with a motor, spend time with family, ride my motorcycle, and go out on the boat.

 

Q: What are some fun facts about you?

A: I served our country as a Marine. 

I am 27.   

I have a beautiful wife, Tiana.

We have two awesome boys: Tristan, age 4 and Aaden, age 1

I do whatever it takes to get the job done right.

 

A little bit about Controlled Rain, LLC:

At Controlled Rain, your service experience is our highest priorities.  Because of that, we offer:

  • A Better Business Bureau A+ rating.

  • Highly-trained, extensive background checked and drug-free technicians.

  • We are constantly mindful of your valuable time.

  • The peace of mind that comes from a knowledgeable technician who will be able to diagnose and fix your problem to your satisfaction.

  • Absolute 100% Customer Satisfaction

  • And much, much more

In summary, there is no company better geared to helping your family and landscape needs than Controlled Rain. We're proud to serve you. 

If you want to meet Evan in person and have him do a Spring Start Up on your system, click here and sign up.

Spring Start Up

 

Controlled Rain Celebrates Giving Tuesday

 

Now that Cyber Monday is over, it is time to focus on Giving Tuesday!

Controlled Rain is landscaping the New Quixote Village (Homeless Shelter) and there is several opportunities to give.  It Takes a Village to Build a Village!  Every year during this time, my family plans to give in some way by donating money, time, food, toys, and clothing to either our church, the homeless, or somebody we know in need.

Homeless City    Homeless City Freezing

Have you heard about the tent city that has to move every so often to keep the city of Olympia happy?  Well, somebody had a dream to create a community for these people and more. The new community is called Quixote Village and is located in Olympia, in an industrial area, near South Puget Sound Community College.

This year, Controlled Rain gets the opportunity to do the landscape work at the new Quixote Village which will provide homeless neighbors with secure and dry places to live while they turn their energies towards improving their lives.

Cottages all in a Row        Community Building

This village has 30 small cottages and a community building that will include a shared kitchen, dining room, living room, library, restroom, showers, and laundry facilities.  This village also will have a common grassy area, BBQ area, and will have areas to grow gardens and a basketball court too.

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I thought I would give my time and help advertise for this cause because it really does take a village to build a village!  There will be 30 residents in 30 cottages so they need a lot of items not only for the cottages but the common areas too.  Help support this new homeless community by donating items on their needs list: 

FOR EACH OF THE 30 COTTAGES
  • Basic cleaning supplies
  • Light bulbs
  • Toilet paper
  • 4′x6′ (approximately) area rugs
  • wastebaskets &/or small garbage cans
  • twin bed sheets and pillowcases
  • throw pillows (no bed pillows needed)
  • bedside lamps
  • brooms and dustpans

VILLAGE NEEDS FOR THE COMMUNITY BUILDING

  • Dish towels, hand towels, washcloths for the kitchen
  • Pot scrubbers
  • Green Kitchen cleaning supplies
  • Green dishwasher detergent
  • Green shower cleaning supplies
  • Light bulbs
  • Pots and pans of all shapes and sizes
  • Coffee mugs
  • Drinking glasses
  • Flatware for at least 30 people
  • Cooking utensils: spatula, wooden spoons, slotted spoon, cheese grater, etc.
  • Blender
  • Large rice cooker
  • Toasters
  • Optional but welcome: Popcorn maker, food processor, canning equipment
  • Spices
  • Pantry items: sugar, flour, canned goods, coffee, tea, beans, rice
  • Mixing bowls
  • Serving bowls and platters
  • Serving spoons
  • Salt and pepper shakers
  • Flower vases
  • Iron
  • Bathmats or small rugs for shower rooms
  • Toilet paper
  • Flat screen TV for living room
  • DVD player
  • Dry firewood for wood stove

Since the Village isn't quite finished, please call Jill at 360-753-2095 to make arrangements to drop off your donations.  You can find out a lot more information on the Quixote Village history and other ways to donate your time and money.  Check the village out at http://quixotevillage.com/


So Celebrate Giving Tuesday by helping the Quixote Village in Olympia. Thank you for your generosity to the future residents of Quixote Village!  The residents will be moving in the month of December, early January.
 
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5 Reasons to Go Green with a Christmas Tree

 

Live Christmas TreeHere are 5 good reasons to use a live Christmas Tree instead of a cut or artificial tree.  

  1. Helps the environment
  2. Saves our landfills by reducing the amount of waste
  3. Absorbs carbon monoxide and emits fresh oxygen back into the environment
  4. After Christmas, the tree can be planted and it will provide a habitat for wildlife
  5. Get a traditional holiday decoration AND a new addition to your landscape

After you purchase a Live Christmas Tree, set it on a porch near the front or back door for 3 days, then bring it into the house and place it in a cooler location near a window and keep it watered really well.  Once the holidays are over, move the tree back to the porch for 3 days and it will be acclimated and ready to plant in a roomy spot with plenty of space for future growth. 

 

Top 2 Ways to Protect your Plants from Freezing

 
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The weather has quickly changed from cold to freezing.  It is time to make sure that your outdoor plants will survive the weather elements.  Here are the top 2 ways to protect your plants from frost damage. 

  1. Water the soil thoroughly around your plants;  and

  2. Cover your plants. 

The water holds the heat in the soil and then the cover traps the heat in the ground to avoid root damage.  Wet soil holds heat better than dry soil.  Cover your plants in the evening and then uncover when temperatures rise the next day.  You can find most of these recommended covers right in your home: bed sheets, drop cloths, blankets, buckets, garbage cans, and plastic sheets (make sure plastic doesn’t touch foliage, put a sheet first). Be sure that the cover goes all the way to the ground and should be secured to not fly away or tip over.  The whole idea is to trap the heat in the ground.

Here are 4 more ways to help preserve your landscape for spring.

  1. In the Puget Sound Area, we can get away with covering low plantings with straw mulch and then remove once the danger of frost has passed.

  2. You can also place an outdoor lamp in the interior of a small tree. Holiday lights on a tree can help too.  These lights can emit enough warm heat to reduce frost damage.

  3. When designing your landscape, place sensitive plants close to the house so they have some shelter from the elements.

  4. For potted plants, place them on your porch, in your garage, or under your house crawl space to protect them from the cold, wind, and rain. Potted plants are much more sensitive to frost damage because the cold can get to the plant from all sides of the pot.

With proper nutrition, light, and water throughout the year, your plants will be established and stand a good chance of surviving a freeze.  Covering plants before a freeze is not a guarantee but will definitely help the majority of your plants.

Don’t forget plants are resilient and can come back in the spring even if you think they are damaged.  Always wait to do anything until spring to see if new growth is occurring in your plants.

 

 

Controlled Rain, LLC Celebrates 20 Years

 

From Libbie’s point of view--

Twenty years ago, my husband, Brian decided to start an irrigation company.  Yep, an irrigation company in September, just when the weather starts to get rainy and cold.  Brian had been working in the irrigation industry at supply houses for over 10 years.  He held positions as a warehouseman, salesman, and a store manager.  After 10 years in this industry and dealing with contractors day in and out he knew what the good contractors and the bad contactors were doing.  So he decided to model after the good contractors, having good integrity, quality, and providing a good environment for employees.  I worked for the State, Dept of Ecology and didn’t start full time with Controlled Rain until 1998, 5 years after Controlled Rain started.  Don’t think I wasn’t working though!  I did payroll on Sundays, paperwork on my lunch breaks and did all the month end and quarterly paperwork on the weekends or in the evenings. 

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Girls curlers

We had two girls, Kaileen, age 5 and Katrina, age 1.  About this time we unofficially adopted Julie, age 17 who moved in and helped nanny the girls.  She was our creative director developing our first logo.  Controlled Rain started in one side of the garage and the other side was Julie’s room.  It wasn’t abnormal to find the three girls running around the house or office with rollers in their hair.  Good memories.

Brian quickly realized he wouldn’t be able to only specialize in irrigation in this area.  So he hired somebody with the plant knowledge and estimating experience  so he could offer the landscaping piece.  Let the landscape and irrigation begin…

Controlled Rain’s first commercial job was at the Boone Ford Truck Ranch at the Auto Mall,Olympia,WA.  That was the job where Brian was forced to learn how to operate equipment. 

Brian Boone Ford

 

 Girls Boone Ford

While living and working out of our home in Lacey, Controlled Rain purchased its first bobcat.  Our little neighborhood was having anxiety with us running our business out of our home with equipment and trucks in our driveway, so we relocated our home and business to the Spurgeon Creek area in 1996 and really began to grow the business.

In 2002, Controlled Rain relocated to its current location on 93rd Avenue in Tumwater.  Not only do we have nice office space, but we have a huge shop, a yard for our equipment, and over 2 acres to spread out.  We are very privileged and thankful to have such a nice facility.

While growing up both of our girls didn’t want anything to do with the business until recently.  Kaileen wants to learn the estimating side since she has an architecture, mechanical drawing interest.  Katrina fell in love with working outside in the elements and loves being “one of the guys”.  The field team has been teaching and helping her grow in her landscape and irrigation knowledge.  She also doubles as a receptionist (soon to be hair stylist) and works at a new Aveda Hair Salon inTacoma.

Julie also worked for Controlled Rain for a short time to help launch some residential irrigation marketing before she left for missionary work and is now is a dental hygienist. 

Katrina has fond memories of coming home from school and harassing everyone in the office and then she and Kaileen would play using all the trailers and equipment as apartments until it was time for dinner. 

Kaileen remembers wanting to move to the basement to get away from Controlled Rain.  But she first had to figure out how to escape out of the basement if there was a fire.  She had to prove to us that she could climb the wall, open the window, and climb out of the window well that was about 4.5 feet deep outside.  We ended up moving a chest in front of the window to allow her to have success.  She also remembers putting on a hard hat, orange vest and hand watering around Capitol Lake making prevailing wage at the age of 15. She thought she was rich.

Julie felt honored when we asked her to create our logo, and then later creating brochures and residential marketing stuff.  She remembers in the beginning, me coming home from my state job and then having to go out into the Controlled Rain headquarters (garage) to work even more.  She felt a lot of pride in being trusted with making sure the family meals were ready, house was clean, and girls were taken care of so we could get Controlled Rain off the ground.  She also loved it when Brian would occasionally come into the house and talk to her about his problems.  She liked being able to listen to him and help with whatever she could. She felt valued.

Brian and Libbie McClaflin

I admire Brian with all he has accomplished in his life.  He is a great friend, mentor, father, husband, son, brother, and employer.  If you know Brian, you know he has a huge heart and is very giving.  He would literally give you his shirt off of his back if you needed it with no questions!  I absolutely love that about him.  I believe that because he has such a giving spirit with no strings attached, he will always be rewarded in the end.  

It’s funny because both of the girls worked for us through out their lives, from emptying garbage, shredding paper, filing, answering phones, helping with payroll, and saying that they “hated it”.  Well now, they both want to work for Controlled Rain, LLC.  A true success story – being able to work with your whole family together and having them actually wanting to work with us!  What a compliment! Here's to the next 20 years!!

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How much water do you use? Especially in your landscape?

 

mary ann dickinsonMary Ann Dickinson, President and CEO of Alliance for Water Efficiency, was a keynote speaker at a Rain Bird conference in January 2013.  She educated irrigation professionals from all over the nation as well as Canada on water usage, water efficiency, and water conservation. The Alliance for Water Efficiency is dedicated to the efficient and sustainable use of water; and it brings together diverse range of stakeholders to advocate for water-use efficiency and conservation.

According to Dickinson, Nationwide research shows landscaping as using the most water on a daily basis [See Diagram]. 

 Urban Water Pie Chart

Landscape - 58%
Toilets - 11%
Clothes Washers - 9%
Showers - 7%
Faucets - 6%
Baths - 1%
Dishwashers - 1%
Other - 7%

Two terms she educated us on were:

  • Water Efficiency refers to the product: lowest flow rate; and
  • Water Conservation refers to the behavior of consumers using the product.

We can help the water efficiency movement by upgrading our irrigation systems with more efficient fixtures just like we did with our indoor plumbing industry.  This will help change behavior to think use less water for water conservation when irrigating our yards and shrubs.

You can save up to 40% of your water use by switching out your fixtures to Green Seal products offered by Rain Bird.  This translates into being environmentally responsible as well as saving money on utility bills. How much water do you use in your landscape?  Are you still using a hose to water your plants, shrubs, and grass? Do you have an efficient sprinkler system with a smart controller watering only when needed?  There are many ways to save on your water use.

If you want help figuring out your water usage, you can find a calculator on Rain Bird's website: 

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Or you can call an irrigation professional to audit your system and make recommendations. 

At Controlled Rain, LLC we have a certified water auditor on staff and also have highly trained technicians that can make these water saving recommendations.  Call us today at 360-456-7578 to schedule an appointment.

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5 Common Items to Check when turning on Sprinkler System in Spring

 

After your sprinkler system water lines have been recharged with water.  These items should be inspected immediately:

  1. Spring Startup CTAs smallWater Lines Look for breaks in the water lines.  Water bubbling up under grass, bark or shrubs; or a lot of water forming puddles in these specified areas is a sure sign of a broken pipe.
  2. Sprinkler Heads Check each sprinkler head to make sure there aren’t any breaks or buried with grass or dirt. This could be water shooting straight up like a geyser, the sprays will be erratic, or there may not be any water coming out of sprinkler head at all.  Be sure to adjust all spray heads to water your plants, shrubs, and yard and not hard surfaces like walkways, driveways, or your house.
  3. Nozzles Check Nozzles to make sure not broken or plugged. Grass grows over the sprinklers and plugs up the nozzles. 
  4. Valves Check each valve box for any breaks or leakage; sometimes critters get in there and make a mess with the wires and gophers like to make mounds of dirt to cover the valves.  Clean out valve boxes and make sure the valves are working properly.  If there is a lot of water in your box check valves and pipe coming into box for breaks. 
  5. Controller Check to make sure the Controller still has its program from the last season and replace the batteries.  Make sure you have the proper watering schedule set up.

If you have any problems with one of these items, give us a call and we would be happy to come out and assist you with your efforts. 

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