Pressurized Irrigation & Water Management
Governor Cox has issued executive orders declaring our State in an extreme drought for 2021. These conditions require additional conservation measures to keep water availability through the warm seasons. American Fork City is following the recommendations to water just two times per week for all City parks and facilities.
Large water users such as parks, schools, churches and large commercial developments are instructed to water during the day. This happens for two reasons: issues with water pressure and number of stations. Large users impact the water pressure so much that they are asked to run opposite of what residents run so as not to impact resident water pressure. Additionally, they have more industrial sprinkler heads that mist less than residential heads, thus reducing evaporation of the two groups. Lastly, even though we try to avoid the hottest part of the day where possible, some spaces are so big they require a lot of stations that take time to run through, causing some sprinklers to go off in the middle of the day. It’s a balance between trying to make sure residents get the water they need, the parks still get watered, and we avoid water loss from both groups.
Everyone can do their part to save our water resource by keeping their water usage to a minimum. We urge residents to voluntarily cut their water usage by only watering 2 times per week, or cutting watering time by 33% each week. A weekly water guide from the State will be posted here to help residents know how much to water. Tips to conserve water can be found at slowtheflow.org. You can start right now to conserve water with the following ideas:
fix sprinkler leaks
do not water when it is windy
implement water-wise landscaping
adjust your mower to a longer grass height
spot water dry areas
Please note that the permitted window of time to water (1am-11pm) does not mean you are allowed to water the entire time during your window. We ask that, when possible, homeowners water the minimal amount needed on their approved day and avoid watering during less effective times, such as when its windy or during the hottest part of the day.
- Pressurized irrigation water is available to all residents.
- Pressurized irrigation water is available from mid-April to mid-October. This service is charged year-round to avoid spikes in summertime water bills.
- When first connecting to system, slowly open up valve in service box to introduce the water into your sprinkler system. Make sure your filter is clean and connected. Leave a hose connected when turning on to release trapped air.
- When system shuts down in mid-October, run sprinklers once to ensure the system is cleared out. Turn off sprinklers and hoses and close the valve in your service box. Check and clean filter if needed.
- If a property is not already connected to the irrigation water system, there is a $250 connection fee. If a customer is not able to pay the $250 up front, the amount can be waived for six months (from the date the customer signed up for service.) @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
NOTE: As flows change, watering times and schedules may change and additional restrictions imposed. Watch your utility bills for information.