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FW: Sprinkler restrictions

From: Lowe, Pam H <"Lowe,>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 13:50:00 -0700

Hi Sue,

Thank you for your email. We understand your frustration of using an automated sprinkler controller that doesn't allow you to set the days of the week for watering to meeting the two days per week requirements. Some options that you may want to consider are (1) hand water which is allowed at any time on any day of the week, (2) replace your older existing controller with a new one that offers the days of the week programming feature, (3) if you are a California Water Service customer, you can contact them about their irrigation controller rebate program, and (4) if you are a Menlo Park Municipal Water District customer and you cannot adhere to the two days per week watering schedule, you may submit a Drought Response Plan for our review and approval that shows how you plan to reduce your water use to at least an equivalent or greater reduction in water use.


Pam Lowe, P.E., Senior Civil Engineer
City of Menlo Park | Menlo Park Municipal Water District
701 Laurel St. | Menlo Park, CA 94025
Direct 650-330-6745 | General 650-330-6740 | Fax 650-327-5497

From: Sue Kayton [mailto:suekayton_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 8:51 PM
Subject: Sprinkler restrictions

The new sprinkler restrictions are not compatible with automated sprinkler controllers, and should be changed. Only the very newest models of sprinkler controllers know what day of the week it is. The vast majority can only be programmed to turn on every day, every 2nd day, every 3rd day, etc. They cannot be programmed to match a weekly restriction cycle.

If you don't change the sprinkler restrictions, it will force residents with automated controllers to either (1) spend a lot of money to buy and install state-of-the-art controllers, or (2) manually turn their sprinkler valves on and off. Running sprinklers manually is a pain in the neck for people who have multiple zones. At my house, for instance, we have a small yard but it is divided into 12 zones so I don't have to over-water one area in order to get enough water to an adjacent area. Having multiple zones is very water-efficient, but a colossal pain if you need to put on shoes and go outside to turn them on and off one at a time.

Please, please revise this law to be friendly to automated sprinkler controllers. Offer people the option of watering by the day of the week, or watering every 3 or 4 days.

Sue Kayton

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Received on Wed May 27 2015 - 13:46:24 PDT

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