Hayward Promotes Efficient Irrigation Practices

May 28, 2024

As temperatures rise and summer approaches, residents of Hayward are gearing up to reactivate their automated irrigation systems. In light of this, the City of Hayward is urging residents to conduct an irrigation tune-up to ensure water is used efficiently. 

Check irrigation systems for leaks, clogged, broken, or missing sprinkler heads, and examine points where sprinkler heads connect to pipes or hoses. Direct sprinklers away from driveways, houses, or sidewalks to apply water only to landscapes, and ensure sprinklers are adjusted to avoid spraying buildings or other structures. Select a watering schedule appropriate for the season that meets the minimum needs of your landscape. Consider implementing drip or micro-irrigation in ornamental planting areas, as they dispense water slowly near the base of plants, reducing runoff and evaporation. Finally, utilize programmable timers to water different areas of the landscape for varying lengths of time and separate the irrigation system into multiple zones to water only those areas that require it. 

To aid Hayward residents in conserving water, the City offers rebates for the Rachio 3 Smart Irrigation Controller, a device that can schedule and control your in-ground irrigation system. Hayward water customers can obtain a Rachio 3 Smart Irrigation Controller at a discounted price of $100 plus tax, a significant markdown from the MSRP of $279.99. This device offers a range of benefits, including the potential to save up to 50% of outdoor water use, compatibility with most irrigation systems, automatic adjustment to local weather conditions, and control via mobile devices and smart home assistants. 

Supplies are limited. Check your eligibility and apply here

By adhering to these guidelines and investing in smart irrigation technology, residents can play a vital role in conserving water resources while maintaining vibrant and healthy landscapes.