New Irrigation Standards

New irrigation standards have been adopted that focus on water conservation. The regulations, which are based on state requirements, are as follows:

  • It is a violation to:
    • Irrigate during precipitation (rain, snow, etc.)
    • Water areas such as sidewalks or streets
    • Irrigate with a broken or missing sprinkler head
    • Allow system leaks or problems that waste water
  • New systems must:
    • Be installed by a licensed irrigator
    • Not spray on structures such as fences or retaining walls
    • Not have spray heads located within 4 inches of surfaces such as sidewalks or buildings
    • Not spray if landscaping is less than 4 feet in width (use bubblers or drip systems)
  • Rain and freeze sensors are required:
    • On all new systems (permit fee required)
    • For commercial systems by January 2010
    • For residential systems by January 2011

A city permit is not required to install on existing irrigation systems.

For more information, call (972) 721-2281.

Posted Feb. 18, 2009