Seven ways your irrigation system is like an awesome 80s movie


1. E.T. Home Phone


We all know about ET, the extraterrestrial that was left behind on Earth but did you know that your irrigation system has an ET of its own? If you have an ET (Evapotranspiration) controller or a “smart” controller that means your system is “phoning home” to the web to check for current and historical weather conditions.  The answer it gets may impact the automatic adjustment your irrigation schedule gets from your controller.   Take a look at your controller weekly so that you are always on top of what your system is doing!

2. I Ain’t ‘Fraid of No Ghosts


Are you haunted by your irrigation system? Does the pshhhhhhhhh sounds of misaligned heads and the blop blop blop sound of broken heads keep you hiding under your sheets at night?   Who you gonna call?  If you said Ghostbusters, you are wrong.  Call Water Utilities at 817-728-3616 or email [email protected] to schedule your free irrigation consultation.  Our licensed irrigators will make sure your system is working efficiently and take the scary out of the equation.

3. You Can Be My Wingman Anytime

Top Gun

Everybody needs a wingman. Your wingman is only a click away.  Follow the Lawn Whisperer on Facebook and you’ll get weekly watering advice every Monday.  This advice is based on weather data gathered by local weather stations.  This advice also includes average run times to help you meet the recommended watering amounts.

4. Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?


Texas summers can be like Ferris Bueller’s social studies teacher: Bueller?  Bueller?  Hot? Hot? Hotter?  Your yard demands your attention, but it’s a nice day outside!  Sometimes you don’t want to do yard work.  Sometimes you want to crash a local parade.  Plant some native and adapted Texas Smartscape plants and have time to go crash that party!  SmartScape plants are low maintenance.  They’re from around here or got here as fast as they could therefore they require less water, pesticides, and fertilizers.  Find out more at

5. Sincerely Yours, The Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club consisted of a princess, a criminal, a brain, an athlete, and a basket case. Your landscape is the same.  You’ve got that princess section that is happy with whatever you do; the criminal corner that’s never happy no matter what you do; your controller is the brain; the system is the athlete; and you feel like the basket case trying to keep up!  You’re not alone.  Water Utilities offers regular seminars, such as Get Irrigated, Not Irritated, where you can go ask your questions and get the guidance you need.  Sign up for the In the H2knOw newsletter by emailing [email protected]

6. Don’t Feed Them Past Midnight and …What Was the Other Rule?


Don’t get them wet!!! Thankfully, your yard is not a gremlin.  It’s an adorable little Gizmo.  But your lawn has some rules of its own.  You shouldn’t be watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.


Indiana Jones

Remember the escape scene at the end of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom? The bad guys knock down the water tower and Indy and crew are trying to outrun the deluge.  Leaks on your irrigation system can cause a similar deluge.  You may not see it because that broken head that is now a geyser only comes on in the middle of the night.  Maybe you have a covert leak that is an underground hole in your irrigation system.  According to the EPA Water Sense, a dime size leak in a one inch pipe can waste 6300 gallons of water per month.  Check your system for leaks by shutting off the water at the meter.  If the dial keeps spinning, you could have a leak.  Fix those leaks and avoid the AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!






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