We are reaching out to our customers regarding a water system peaking issue that affects everyone in our community. At present, there is an issue meeting the demand for water when all of the automatic sprinkler systems come on at 4 a.m. While this is a good time to water due to reduced losses to evaporation and help prevent mold, it is causing challenges in maintaining storage reservoir levels and pressure zones for the entire community.
Experts suggest starting irrigation systems at 4 a.m. for optimum watering results, but the resulting peak in demand causes system-wide problems delivering water to everyone at the same time. By 7:00 a.m., as the sprinklers turn off, demand for water drops low enough that one of the water pumps can be shut down. By 8 a.m., the demand for water is back down to half of the peak demand.
To help keep water storage reservoir levels and pressure zones maintained, we are asking customers who have an address ending with an even number to move the start time of their irrigation system to 2 a.m. This will help spread out the peak in demand and keep everyone’s irrigation running smoothly during the summer months.
We want to emphasize that all participation is voluntary. We request that you shift the start time of your sprinklers to 2 a.m. rather than 4 a.m. To learn wise-water ideas, visit verawaterandpower.com.
Please check verawaterandpower.com for further updates as we assess the impact of this voluntary effort. Thank you for your kind consideration of this request. We appreciate your help and support.