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Monday, July 4 - Sunday, July 10
Based on City of Frisco weather station data: We recommend watering .5 inches on your regular watering day (about 2 cycles using the Cycle and Soak Method).

Time of day watering guidelines apply now that it's Daylight Savings Time (DST). Irrigation controllers should be adjusted for the time change. Do not set them to run between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Running your sprinklers in the early morning and evening helps minimize water loss due to evaporation.

 
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Nationwide, more water is used in July than any other month, and the majority is used for landscape irrigation.

To increase public awareness of the benefits of water conserving practices during summer’s peak demand, the Irrigation Association has designated the month of July as Smart Irrigation Month. In the “spirit of the season” and as a great way to maintain a beautiful landscape, WaterWise suggests adopting a few “smart” sprinkler practices to ensure that every drop is used where it’s needed most.

Water with the weather. Frisco’s watering schedule permits watering once per week on your residential trash/recycling day, but many weeks, watering isn’t even needed. To apply only what's needed, adjust sprinkler systems for the amount of water recommended in the Weekly Watering Recommendation. Frisco’s watering recommendations are determined from local evapotranspiration data (referred to as ET, or the amount of water lost from a landscape) collected from Frisco’s own weather station and rain gauges located in all four quadrants of the city. Setting your controller using the Weekly Watering Advice is a great way to replace water that’s lost from your landscape without over-watering - which does more harm than good by encouraging shallow plant root growth.

Program sprinkler systems to cycle and soak. In North Texas, longer run times on your sprinkler system don’t result in more water for your plants. Local soils “shrink” as they are dehydrated, and “swell” as water is applied. Once soils have expanded and reached maximum saturation, water can no longer be absorbed, and it simply flows off unused into the nearest storm drain. In fact, according to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 30-40 percent of water applied to clay soils is wasted. To give soil more time to absorb the water you apply, program your sprinkler system using the Cycle and Soak Method, which applies water in small increments over several cycles.

Repair malfunctioning systems. Sprinkler systems are exposed to the elements, and require maintenance over time. For systems programmed to run in the middle of the night, sprinkler geysers caused by lawnmower damage can be difficult to identify. If you notice soggy areas in your landscape, or neighbors have recently mentioned any new “fountains” in your yard, have your system checked or hire a licensed irrigator to repair issues as they occur. In addition to saving water and money, keeping your system well-maintained can help to prevent water waste violations.  

It’s important to continue to be good stewards of our water supply in Frisco, and we thank you for Watering Wisely.
For months you've gotten their advice, now it is time to meet the Licensed Irrigators answering your questions!

This week's Licensed Irrigator:
Julian Posada



Bio: My name is Julian Posada. I was born in Dallas, raised in East Texas, and worked most of my life in North Texas. I grew up with a Hispanic background from my father's side of the family and took much interest in his landscape/maintenance company. I was forever hooked into working outdoors and raised into bettering our outdoor living spaces. Irrigation, supply distribution, and project management have been a part of my professional career since 2003.
You've got questions. Our licensed irrigators have answers. 

This week's question:
How do I know that my foundation watering system is working properly? If it is not working properly, what steps do I need to take?

Answer: 
Foundation and drip station zones can be identified by utilizing a drip indicator that pressurizes when zone in active. Other ways of inspecting for operation are visual inspections of exposed line dripping at an emitter point (located every 12” or 18”), pinch test for water inside the dripline (squeezing dripline with your fingers), or hearing air bubbles with water movement (all these to be performed while zone is active). Below are photos of drip indicators.


- Julian Posada, Licensed Irrigation Inspector



Want your questions answered? Email us at waterwise@friscotexas.gov.
Alert: Environmental Services Holiday Hours
In observance of Independence Day, The Environmental Services offices and the Environmental Collection Center at 6616 Walnut Street will be closed Monday, July 4. Both facilities will reopen on Tuesday, July 5.

Residential recycling and trash services will be delayed by one day.  This means Monday services will move to Tuesday, Tuesday services will move to Wednesday, and so on. Regular service days will resume on Monday, July 11.
FREE Irrigation Sprinkler Checkups
Conserve water and save money! Frisco's licensed irrigators offer free inspections to residents. Please be aware that our free Sprinkler Checkup program is extremely popular and there is currently a wait list going into August. 

Use the myFrisco app or call 972-292-5800 to schedule your appointment.
GPCD: Frisco's Water Statistics
The average daily water usage per person in Frisco is known as the GPCD. Calculations are obtained by dividing the total number of gallons used in Frisco by our city's population.

This week in Frisco, the GPCD was 264.
Last week, the GPCD was 258.
2022 Water Quality Report
with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and exceeds all state and federal drinking water standards. Learn more by reviewing the Superior Rating. The City of Frisco is proud to let its customers know they receive safe, high-quality drinking water. Frisco’s water system has an Annual Drinking Water Quality Report.
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