This week, I received a copy of the September water bill for the park. It showed that the park sprinklers had not been on at all since mid-August. We had consumed no water since the last meter reading in mid-August.
I talked with the landscaper about the situation. They found that the controller in the park had malfunctioned due to corroded batteries and a power failure. He had his crew replace the batteries in the controller, reprogram, and then test to ensure proper operation.
I asked him to modify his process a little to help catch this situation earlier in the future. Any time they see a dry situation, I asked that he have his crew check the sprinkler controller for proper operation before requesting approval to increase the watering.
While they were replacing batteries in the inoperable controller, I had them go ahead and replace the batteries in the other two controllers we have (one at the front and one at the rear entrance). I don’t want a repeat situation in the other areas due to a failure in a set of inexpensive batteries.