News & Initiatives
Irrigation Season Opening Status Update
We know everyone is anxious to get the spring and summer season going, grass greening, and plants growing. So are we.
Here’s the latest update.
Operations Manager Kenny Slaughter began the preseason-opening sequence in late April, the earliest safe date to begin charging the system. Any earlier opening of the system creates a risk in case of a hard freeze, which could wreck homeowners’ systems.
During this sequence, it became obvious that an over-winter leak had developed at the main pipeline valves near Buckhorn Valley Blvd. The leak has to be fixed before the system can be fully charged and operational.
This repair has been held up by the lack of parts including connections, adapters, compression mechanical joints, and other materials. Kenny has searched for and driven to get parts from other western counties. He has engaged contract irrigation mechanics and excavation contractors. No effort has been spared.
Despite this all-out effort, the lack of parts has slowed the work, which is now, barring the unforeseen, being completed.
As of this writing, Kenny hopes to resume charging the system early next week, or about May 15. The charging sequence normally takes about 10 days to complete.
Barring any more unforeseen circumstances, everyone should have water by the end of May, which is historically the District’s target date for the complete opening of the system.
The District will post additional advisories if there are further developments.
Please be supportive of Kenny, he has no permanent assistants and is working his hardest to get you green
12/21/2020: Update on use of open space behind Buckhorn Valley
The land owner of the nearby open areas adjacent to Buckhorn Valley, BV Firewheel, is restricting use to those who have signed a release and waiver to safely use their private land and trails.
Activities that are allowed include hiking, mountain biking and horse riding (with signed waiver/release).
Activities that are not allowed include hunting, shooting, motorized vehicles and motorized bicycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, motorized bicycles, and dirt bikes.
Private areas are marked in red on the map linked below.