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ICSD School Campus Watering

By June 17, 2021No Comments

We are posting the following information in response to concerns by some community members regarding the ICSD watering sources and schedules.

Canyon View Middle School and Cedar High School are on a secondary water source that comes from the pond next to the aquatic center.  This water is not potable (drinkable) water.  We are mandated by the city to water on Monday and Thursday at Cedar High School from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm and at CVMS on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.  We have visited with Cedar City in the past about being able to change our schedules to a night time watering but past issues with pressure and volume and the competing entities like SUU and other Cedar City Grounds have apparently taken precedence over us.  The only option to get away from daytime watering is to put CVMS back to drinkable (Culinary) water and then we would be able to water at night.  This isn’t very fiscally responsible for ICSD to do based on the difference in water costs between the culinary water and the irrigation water.  

We are also currently watering no more than 3 days a week per valve.  Water may be seen 5 days a week but that is due to the quantity of sprinkler valves per school and the allowed water times of 6:00 pm to 8:00 am from Cedar City in order to water each valve three times in a week.

Most of our sites are schools that are used extensively for the Utah Summer Games as well as various community and High School teams for summer camps and we are required to keep those fields at a safe and playable level during the summer months.  We can always do a better job at managing sprinklers that are causing “runoff” on sidewalks and spraying into city streets.  Administrators spoke with the elementary custodians and the maintenance supervisor today about making more perimeter and sprinkler checks.  With the amount of youth teams on all of our school fields daily, there are bound to be kids twisting and kicking on sprinklers that don’t always retract. 

Those are issues that we have to deal with.  Our guys do a phenomenal job at balancing all of their job duties on their campuses, but that doesn’t mean we can’t improve.

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