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Its raining, its pouring, sprinkler systems should be snoring

It is highly recommended to turn off sprinkler systems during the rainy season. This is an easy way to conserve water, without jeopardizing the health of your lawn and plants. With the cooler temperatures, moisture in the air, and amount of rain the area has received there is not a need to have sprinkler systems running.

Lawns and plants can suffer negative effects if they are receiving too much water. Since soil is made up of many particles (sand, clay, silt, and pore spaces), when it rains or the lawn and plants are watered the pore spaces are filled and oxygen is pushed out. Over watering will cause those pore spaces to continuously be filled with water which in turn suffocates the root system and may eventually kill the plant.

As a reminder, for those who choose to run their sprinkler systems, outdoor watering is limited to one day per week. Even numbered addresses may water on Saturday only and odd numbered addresses may water on Sunday only. Watering is prohibited between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. For questions or additional information, contact Municipal Services at 209-668-5590. Brought to you by the City of Turlock Municipal Services Department.


Water Conservation Tip #77

Report Over-Watering and Water Waste: Please report over-watering and water waste to the City of Turlock’s Municipal Services Department. This can be done in a number of ways: 1. Call Municipal Services at (209) 668-5590; 2. Email: and  be sure to include the location, date, time and nature of complaint; 3. Go to the City of Turlock’s website and report water waste online: reportwaterwaste.asp.