Public Works

Posted on: April 12, 2023

Don't turn on those sprinklers yet

delay and save, water for our future with water waves

Please help conserve water by delaying turning on your outdoor sprinkler systems until late May, or preferably, early June. Leaving lawns dormant longer will not compromise the longevity of your turf, will conserve substantial amounts of water, AND will save money on your utility bill. 

Did you know the  Lafayette community uses as much as five times more water per day in the summer due to outdoor irrigation? Delaying irrigation can save up to eight million gallons of water per day citywide - the equivalent of over 12 Olympic-sized swimming pools!  Plus, it will save you money on your monthly water bill.

If I delay turning on my sprinkler system, will it damage my lawn?

Leaving lawns dormant longer will save water, and will not compromise the longevity of your lawn. April is too early to go automatic. Plan on programming your sprinkler system to start in late May or June. Hand water trees, bushes, and plants as needed. 

For tips on hand watering trees to keep them healthy while letting grass remain dormant and other water conservation tips visit

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