By Elsa Maxey
To water two days a week for10 minutes at five minute intervals makes sense. That’s a Sugar Land resident’s response to the city’s voluntary irrigation schedule recently sent to its water customers about its attempt to keep up with the demand for water as it asks that it be used more efficiently.
The local resident, who’s an executive wishing to remain unidentified said, “I don’t mind doing what I am asked to do as long as it’s not a stupid request.” Watering for the specified time period does not seem to bother him because “after five minutes, the water soaks into the soil and preps it for the next five minutes of watering.” He maintains that what is “stupid of the city was to request specific days of the week.”
His feedback to the “Star” is in capital letters, which in email language is tantamount to shouting, yelling or screaming. He said, “MY SPRINKLER SYSTEM DOES NOT ALLOW SELECTING SPECIFIC DAYS OF THE WEEK!” He further said he can select every day, every two days, every three days, etc.” His concern at this point has to do with not replacing “my sprinkler controller just so I can choose specific days of the week to water.” He may just have to resort to manual sprinklers…maybe. The city recommends that irrigation systems be operated manually. It states that automated irrigation systems can use more water than the plants actually need. Also, the city indicates that manual operation can help regulate water use more efficiently, watering only when the plants need it.
Another reader tells the “Star” that the specified days of the week does not take into account lawn service schedules, special fertilizing and other factors which may interfere with the specific day assignment.