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Sound Off: When is the city going to stop watering its parks and Eagle Bend Golf Course?

Megan Gilliland, the city’s communications manager, provided this answer: The city does not intend to completely stop watering in its parks and at Eagle Bend Golf Course. Currently, the city has modified watering schedules to refrain from using large quantities of water during peak times and modified programs to perform minimal watering to keep landscapes, trees, parks and golf courses from dying or having permanent damage that would require replacement.

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Hooligan_016 2 years, 5 months ago

If someone wants to complain about watering, how about they go in one of the many banks around town who have not reduced their water usage and continually soak the sidewalks instead of the grass itself.

somebodynew 2 years, 5 months ago

+1000. And it is reallllly nice for us people who walk to get 'sprinkled' along with the sidewalk.

Paul Geisler 2 years, 5 months ago

No doubt! DCB is the worst offender! Who they heck are they paying to maintain their sprinkler systems? Every time I drive by there I get sprayed by sprinklers that are watering the street & parking lot!

gphawk89 2 years, 5 months ago

Given the temperatures this summer, I actually appreciate getting hit by a sprinkler occasionally. Water evaporates - don't worry about it.

Hooligan_016 2 years, 5 months ago

You do know that Eagle Bend is owned and operated by the City, right?

gphawk89 2 years, 5 months ago

Please keep watering, at least in the vicinity of trees. Just because the trees still look healthy this year (and maybe even next) doesn't mean they're not being permanently damaged by lack of moisture. Apparently a lot of folks don't realize that. By the time the leaves start turning brown and falling off, you've waited way too long to start watering. Grass - too bad - who cares - it'll come back next year. Trees won't.

kristyj 2 years, 5 months ago

Our tax dollars paid for the trees & landscaping, I'd rather pay to keep the existing stuff alive instead of having to pay to remove dead tree stumps then pay for new stuff all over again.

MarcoPogo 2 years, 5 months ago

If our sprinklers get the sidewalk wet, do we need to dry them within 24 hours or should we just wait until someone reports the wet spots?

Hooligan_016 2 years, 5 months ago

There's a difference between the sidewalk just getting wet and a sprinkler that is clearly broken/defective and watering the street or sidewalk instead of the grass.

MarcoPogo 2 years, 5 months ago

Ummmm, I was....uh...oh, never mind. Too late now.

Hooligan_016 2 years, 5 months ago

Sorry :(

These comment forums have ruined me.

JackMcKee 2 years, 5 months ago

KRichards, that's exactly right. Some of these people care very much about those things like they also care about whether you use a plastic bag for your groceries and where you drive your car.

JackMcKee 2 years, 5 months ago

Great idea. Quit watering the golf course and parks and let millions of dollars of landscaping die. Brilliant question.

Steve Jacob 2 years, 5 months ago

I personally think when the water is down like it is, people should just let the grass die. Tress and the golf course is different, those have lasting effects.

Leslie Swearingen 2 years, 5 months ago

groundwater (groundwôtr) Water that collects or flows beneath the Earth's surface, filling the porous spaces in soil, sediment, and rocks. Groundwater originates from rain and from melting snow and ice and is the source of water for aquifers, springs, and wells. The upper surface of groundwater is the water table.

So, you see, when the grass is watered, what is not used by the grass,or the trees or other flora, goes into the ground where it becomes groundwater. It is really not a bad thing to do. Sidewalks, streets, and parking lots, now that is a different matter.

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