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Do Your Sprinklers Work?

Spring is the Time to Turn Your Sprinkler System On

If you’re living in a rental home, you’re likely charged with the maintenance of your lawn and outdoor areas. Caring for the sprinkler system is part of that groundskeeping process.


  1. Turning on the watering system for the first time each season is an opportunity to check for problems left by winter weather.
  1. Locate the irrigation supply valve and turn the system on by turning the valve. Set the automatic sprinkler controller to the “ON” position.
  1. Allow the system to run for a few minutes. Walk the length of the system and make sure each sprinkler head is operating correctly.
  1. Report any problems to your property manager.
  1. Set the sprinkler system to turn off and on according to local watering requirements.


  • Most management companies require repair requests for broken appliances and items found in the home. Check your lease agreement to see how you should proceed with a needed sprinkler repair.
  • If you’ve been watering the correct amount of time over the course of a few weeks, and you see that your lawn and plants are suffering, let your property manager know right away.
  • If there is no sprinkler system to care for, you’ll be required to hand water flower beds, grass, and trees in both your front and back yard areas. You will need to purchase the right equipment to get the job done.

In Albuquerque, watering restrictions are in operation from April 1 through October 31. Rio Rancho water restrictions are also start April 1 and run through October 31. However, Rio Rancho has different restrictions to follow.

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