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Water conservation chief: Retire the rainbirds, subdue the sprinklers

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Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret News

Salt Lake City — With fall and its accompanying cooler nights underway, Utah residents are being urged to hang up the lawn hose for the season and retire the sprinklers.

“Sprinkling is over on the first of October,” said Eric Klotz, Utah Division of Water Resources water conservation and education chief. “We would love to see every sprinkler system in hibernation mode as of Oct. 1.”

Klotz recommends that residents apply a prewinter fertilizer to their lawns and start clearing out sprinkler lines in the next few days as the state nears achieving a 25 percent reduction in per capita water use as early as 10 years before the self-imposed 2025 deadline.

Turning off the faucet may seem premature in light of temperatures over the past two weeks that have been 10 degrees above normal, but that is about to change. […]

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