Sources & Water Quality
The City of Saratoga Springs has a complete pressurized secondary water system built specifically for outside uses such as irrigating landscaping. The water for this system comes from three irrigation grade water wells, the Utah Lake Distributing Canal, and Utah Lake.
This is non-potable water and should never be used for drinking.
Sprinkler Systems & Water Schedule
The irrigation system is charged on or about the 15th of April and drained on or about the 15th of October. Irrigation systems may not be turned on between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. unless you are establishing new grass or performing maintenance on your system. This schedule has been set up by the state and also allows time for the wells to recharge.
Irrigation Water Spring Charging
- Public works will begin charging the irrigation system starting the week of April 15th.
- In order to help the system charge faster we ask residents to turn your individual secondary water valve to the off position.
- This will protect your sprinkling system and allow you to test for water leaks.
Irrigation Water Fall Deactivation
- After October 15, the system will be deactivated until spring.
- Please leave your individual shut-off valves in the “open” position to allow for proper drainage of the system.
- Each irrigation system must be completely drained to prevent damage to the system components caused by water freezing inside the pipes, sprinklers, and valves
- After November 1st please close your individual shut-off ball valve to the “off ” position (this is typically perpendicular to the pipe) in preparation for spring
All residents are encouraged to use this water for their sprinkler systems. Home owner connections are located in a green box marked irrigation, located on a property line near the sidewalk. Typically, a 1 inch ball valve is provided for sprinkler system attachment. Cross connections between the culinary and irrigation water lines are illegal. If you think your lines may be cross connected and would like it checked, please contact the Public Works department. They can help determine if a line is cross connected and if so, assist you on how to go about getting it fixed.
The City Secondary Water System is fed from a combination of ground water and surface water sources. These quality of water from surface sources can be highly variable and may contain elevated levels of dissolved solids.
- Use infrequent heavy irrigation to promote deeper roots.
- Mow less frequently and higher lawn mower blade height to reduce stress to lawn, using a sharp mowing blade so the blade of grass heals quicker.
- Incorporation of low salt containing organic matter such as peat or compost will also help because the soil will be able to hold more water, and salinity levels will thereby be diluted.
- Irrigate at night or early morning to avoid evaporation loss and concentration of salts on leaves. Do not irrigate during the heat of the day between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- Try not to irrigate in windy weather conditions.
- Do not irrigate as a fine mist.
- It is important to schedule irrigation based on crop needs using evaporation figures from weather stations and other irrigation scheduling equipment.
- Thoroughly wash all produce before eating; never use irrigation as drinking water.
- Trickle irrigation can improve water placement better than overhead spray irrigation.
View the Irrigation Calculator page for Saratoga Springs.