TWIN FALLS, Idaho – Homeowners should check their sprinkler systems for leaks and over-watering, according to the city of Twin Falls. 

The city is activating pressurized irrigation stations for homes and is encouraging residents to check their systems. According to information from the city:

Residents with pressurized irrigation who had their sprinkler system blown out will need to access a valve — generally near the sidewalk — for water to flow from City pressurized irrigation lines to the homeowner’s sprinkler system.

Once activated, residents should check their sprinkler systems for damaged sprinkler heads, 'bulging' lawn turf that may indicate an underwater leak, as well as spots that feel spongy due to over-watering. If a homeowner needs assistance repairing a damaged sprinkler system, they are encouraged to contact a landscaping professional.

Pressurized irrigation, which is water not safe to drink because it comes from an open-canal system and is not treated, reduces demand on the aquifer’s limited water supply by utilizing canal water for irrigation purposes. On average, the city says, it has reduced the community's demand on the aquifer by nearly 5 million gallons per day.

Many older homes still irrigate with potable water, but new subdivisions are required to use pressurized irrigation.

Source: City of Twin Falls