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Landscape watering hours are advised, not mandated

By June Watanabe

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 27, 2012

~~<p><strong>Question:</strong> I bicycle around Mililani around noon daily and notice many maintenance workers turning on sprinklers. I understand that the best time to water plants is before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m. Homeowners adhere to these optimum times to water, so why not workers in charge of large tracts of grass and plants that require gigantic amounts of water? It seems to me that a lot of water is being wasted, both by evaporation and by broken sprinklers that water the concrete. Is it the individual worker's discretion that determines when sprinklers are turned on? I live in a townhouse complex where the sprinklers are turned on at 7 a.m., when the maintenance crew starts work.</p>
<p><strong>Answer:</strong> Short of mandatory restrictions because of a water shortage, the Board of Water Supply's request that watering not be done between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. is advisory and voluntary.</p>
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Question: I bicycle around Mililani around noon daily and notice many maintenance workers turning on sprinklers. I understand that the best time to water plants is before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m. Homeowners adhere to these optimum times to water, so why not workers in charge of large tracts of grass and plants that require gigantic amounts of water? It seems to me that a lot of water is being wasted, both by evaporation and by broken sprinklers that water the concrete. Is it the individual worker's discretion that determines when sprinklers are turned on? I live in a townhouse complex where the sprinklers are turned on at 7 a.m., when the maintenance crew starts work.

Answer: Short of mandatory restrictions because of a water shortage, the Board of Water Supply's request that watering not be done between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. is advisory and voluntary. Login for more...



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