Sprinklers on--- Can I turn valve off??

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by dfor, Jul 24, 2002.

  1. dfor

    dfor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 829

    I am in lawn maintenance and it ticks me off to pull up and see the system running. They know which day I cut. Can I turn the valve off while the system is running without hurting anything??
  2. HBFOXJr

    HBFOXJr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,712

    Yes if it is city water and no booster pumps or from a house well

    No if it is a separate irrigation well, lake pump, or if there is a booster pump.

    Why not get those folks to reschedule their timer so watering is completed before 7 or 8 am or does not water on the day you mow?
  3. gusbuster

    gusbuster LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,934

    As I also do maintenance, If I find a clients who's timer is operating the system during business hours, I will talk to them and tell why it's better to water between the hours of 2 am thru 8.

    Explain a couple points to your clinet:
    • dryer the grass, better cut you will do
    • cleaner job that is done
    • not good to cut "very" wet grass
    Then if that doesn't work, charge the client more explaining that it cause extra wear and tear on you and your equipment.

    I would of answered straight off saying yes, you can shut off the valve. I didn't even think about pumps and stuff. Every system that I service or build is tapped off of municpal water lines.


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