I’m sure you will agree with me when I say that water on our roadways is problematic for multiple reasons. Water causes roads to fail, and if water is running down the road, it is safe to say that the resource is being wasted. No matter what the reason is for this issue, it must be resolved. We have taken the first steps to working toward that end.
Currently, the City owns the irrigation system for all public spaces in the city, though we have contracted with The Ranches HOA to maintain much of that system in The Ranches (excluding Nolan Park, Smith Ranch Park, SilverLake Amphitheater, and the Mt. Airey entrance). The responsibilities of the HOA include maintaining the irrigation system (all sprinkler heads, drip irrigation and water line smaller than 2″), landscape maintenance (mowing, edging, pruning etc), and irrigation control programming.
There have been several issues that impact the ability to effectively manage the irrigation system. One issue is the grade of the center medians. Because they are steep, water sheets off quickly. The solution is to water for a shorter duration, though more frequently, thus allowing time for the water to soak in and not run off. Instead of watering for 20 minutes, we could water for 4 minutes five times during a day (over a couple hours). In fact, most of the issues with the irrigation system can be managed through smarter controls.
To attack the problem, The Ranches HOA will be making some changes to the control system. The City Council will soon be voting on the budget, which includes an investment in an updated timer, control, and monitoring system that will be a long term solution. These expenses will be phased. I have high expectations that these issues will be resolved, though it will take some time. While it is not possible to keep every drop of water off the road, it is possible to keep the majority off the road. That is the goal!
You can help too. If and when you see a geyser from a broken sprinkler head, you can call the HOA hotline at (801) 310-7858. Please be as specific as possible when identifying the location of the leak. If there is an issue at one of the City-maintained areas in The Ranches or the public spaces in City Center, please call the City hotline at (801) 789-5959, option 6.