The power outages of the past couple days have the potential to upset the settings on home sprinkler systems, warned Madeline Ward, the city’s water conservation coordinator. Unless there’s a working battery backup, most systems reset to the default of nightly watering at midnight for 10 minutes, she said, a fact that catches most consumers unaware. Needless to say, checking sprinkler settings after a blackout can save thousands of gallons.


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