DONALA WATER AND SANITATION DISTRICT

719-488-3603                            APRIL 2013

 

 

IRRIGATION STANDARDS

 

We announced the District’s formal irrigation standards in the March Newsletter.  Briefly, our …..

            Phase 1 - standard calls for a voluntary watering scheduled of three days per week and

            we encourage that all the time. 

            Phase 2 - shifts to a mandatory 3 days per week.  In the past we have enforced it from           

            Memorial Day through Labor Day, but may be effective sooner/later.

            Phase 3 - limits watering to twice per week. 

            Phase 4 - (no outside irrigation) and……..

            Phase 5 - (rolling system shutdowns) are emergency procedures – hopefully never applied.

 

Because we are dependent on Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) to deliver our renewable water through their system, we also are required to mimic their standards.  As we went to print with this newsletter, the City Council had not decided on their program for this year.  However, the CSU staff is recommending a two day per week program to start on April 1.  If that is the case, Donala will start Phase 3 standards at the same time.  You will see our signs announcing the program and refer to the Donala website www.donalalwater.org for your specific schedule.

 

Although most of us will not start watering in early April, if you do, please comply with the proper schedule.  If you need a waiver for new sod or plantings or if you need assistance setting your irrigation controller for the correct days and times, give us a call.

 

COMMUNITY MEETING – SAVE THE DATE!

 

As a means to reach out to our customers, the Board of Directors will host a community meeting on May 15, 2013.  The May Newsletter and “Our Community News” will elaborate, but mark your calendars. 

 

SPRINKLER SYSTEM START-UP

 

Be careful!  Although it has been a normal winter, your grass may need some water; be cautious about cranking up your system.  The frost this year is a foot to three feet deep, and your lawn irrigation lines are only 4”-6” deep – right in the middle of frozen ground.  It still gets cold at night in April, and the water in the lines will freeze.  You run the risk of line breaks.  If you must start your system up now (and for later as well), here are a few hints. 

1)  Check the ground to ensure it has thawed as deep as your system is buried.

2)  Use the system start-up procedures provided for your system.

3)  Fill the system slowly.  If you hear and feel your inside pipes clanging (water hammer), back off the flow.

4)  Turn on the system and cycle through all zones, looking for a leak.

5)  If in doubt about the low temperature at night, re-drain the system (when finished) as a guide, use 25 degrees – (below that the water might still freeze.). 

HYDRANT FLUSHING

 

Each spring we flush the distribution system to clean out the lines.  We will be flushing random hydrants throughout the District, and we only flush long enough to clean out the iron sediment.   This year we plan to follow the schedule listed on page 2.  While flushing, the iron sediment that has settled in the pipes will be dislodged and can find its way into your plumbing.   We recommend not doing laundry on that day and running your water for a few minutes after our flush to clear your lines of sediment. 

Especially for those in the Fox Run area, please understand that although we will try to be sure the water stays in the street or ditches, there is a potential for landscaping to be effected.  Those properties that have gravel, mulch and other landscape materials in the drainage right-of-way up to edge of the roads, run the risk of minor “wash outs”.  Our only option is to skip those areas when flushing.  Recent experience has shown us that is not a good option.  We need to opt for water quality over landscape effects.  We will attempt to keep the effects to a minimum, but we ask you to help by edging your vulnerable areas to keep the water away.

 

APRIL 22-23  (MON-TUE)

RED FOX

SNOWPEAK

GOLDPEAK

WOODMEADOW

WILDHAVEN

CLIFFROCK

LONGMEADOW

PINEYCOVE

DEERCROSS

WINDWOOD

SHADOWTREE

WOODROSE

TIMBERSIDE

PAWPRINT

HIGHCREST

FALCON RIDGE

 

APRIL 23-24 (TUE-WED)

LONGSPUR

PINENUT

WILDWOOD

BACKWOODS

TIMBERTOP

RIDGEFIELD

CLOUDCROSS

RENOIR

REMBRANDT

WUTHERING HTS (305-985)

HOLBEIN (15710-16015)

CURWOOD

BENCHLEY

PICASSO

 

 

APRIL 24-25 (WED-THUR)

HOLBEIN (15310 – 15650)

DESIREE

PADDINGTON

SOSTRIN

JESSIE

BETHESDA OFFICE BLDGS

SEAGULL

COPPERFIELD

POMPEII

LARIAT

BOVARY

CHURCHILL

ALCOTT CT.

 

 

APRIL 25-26 (THUR-FRI)

WUTHERING HGTS (10 - 295)

HOLBROOK

MARBLEHEAD

MEDFORD

CHELMSFORD

HILTONHEAD

THORNBIRD

LA JOLLA

STEINBECK

RANGELY

DESERT INN

PRISTINE

 

APRIL 29-30 (MON-TUE)

PALM SPRINGS

TORREY PINES

LATROBE

CHERRY HILLS

PAUMA VALLEY

RIVER OAKS

GLENEAGLE TOWN HOMES

CLUB VILLA TOWN HOMES

MISSION HILLS

CANDLEWOOD

GLENEAGLE (14435 – 14945)

EAGLE VILLAS    

            

APR 30-MAY 1 (TUE-WED)

HUNTINGTON BEACH

DORAL

WESTCHESTER

BERMUDA DUNES

NICHLAS

SUNRISE TOWN HOMES

SUN MESA TOWN HOMES

CAPRICE

TIERRA

SCOTTSDALE

CORRICO

BARQUERO

GLENEAGLE (14035-14280)

SEDONA

 

 

MAY 1-2  (WED-THUR)

STRUTHERS ROAD

RIDGE POINT APARTMENTS

PARADISE VILLAS

AVOCET LOOP

ALBATROSS DR.

PETREL DRIVE

TERN DRIVE

PEBBLE CREST WAY

WOODROCK PATH

WHITE PEAK DRIVE

 

MAY 2-3 (THUR-FRI)

SUMMER GLEN

HOMELAND CT.

ALL SKY DR.

AIR GARDEN LN.

ALLEGIANCE DR.

BLUE WINGS WAY

AIRMAN LN.

STRUTHER’S RANCH RD.

CROOKED SPUR