Irrigation System Start Up 2016
In order for the irrigation system to be turned on, Liberty Commons requires access to individuals Units and the Common Area crawl spaces in five Pods1, since there are five zones to the irrigation infrastructure. This access and turning on and off of the water valves occurs when the Common Area crawl space preventative maintenance is performed. The crawl space maintenance is being performed between Friday, June 24, 2016, and Monday, June 27, 2016. Liberty Commons’ landscape contractors has a dependency on Liberty Commons Condominium Trust to provide the access to the Units, Common Area crawl spaces, and to turn on/off the water valves.
With the Common Area crawl space preventative maintenance performed on Friday, June 24, 2016, four out of the five irrigation zones were turned on. This morning, Saturday, June 25, 2016, Liberty Commons’ landscape contractor was onsite and tested each active zone of the irrigation system, identified sprinkler heads that will need adjustments and/or replacement, and fine tuned the spray areas. The irrigation programming (duration of watering cycles) was increased to “overwater” the lawns and bring them back, lawn areas will be seeded and treated. The watering program will be reduced at a later point in time to a maintenance program. As a point of reference, many lawns look much the same as Liberty Commons does at the moment, due to the heat and lack of rain in the last 2-3 weeks. Liberty Commons’ Board of Trustees does appreciate the Unit Owners who have taken it upon themselves to water areas of lawn around their own Unit.
Out of the four irrigation zones that were activated, only one requires some plumbing maintenance in the way of a ball valve and a seal, located on Building 8 (Unit 105). Once we turn on the last irrigation zone scheduled for Monday, June 27, 2016, an inspection will be made and Liberty Commons’ plumber will be scheduled to make the necessary repairs. Until the repairs to the damaged irrigation zones, the zone will remain off, as not to waste water and drive up our expenses.
Liberty Commons’ landscape contractor made a recommendation to change out our rain sensors with better weather sensors that will adjust to all weather conditions, rather than just rain (which don’t tend to operate all that well), such a temperatures and forecasts, that Liberty Commons’ Board of Trustees will evaluate the recommendation based on cost, technical requirements, and longterm cost-savings.
1 A “Pod” is a grouping of two lower garden-style Units and two townhouses.