2015 Watering Year

In Spring, make sure all of your valves are turned off, so when the system is turned on you will not have flooding at your property.  Please make sure PI valves are turned off until the system is full of water.

Pressurized Irrigation


Salem Pressurized Irrigation Shut Off Date - 2015
The Salem City Council has determined the date the Pressurized Irrigation will be turned off.   The shut off date will be Monday October 19th.  If the city feels that their is a need to turn it off earlier, they will do so, but we will notify the residents if the date changes. 

After the system is turned off, please make sure that you have winterized your sprinkler system in preparation for winter.    In the Spring, make sure your valves are turned off, so when the P.I. system is turned back on you will not have flooding on your property.

 



April 2015

The pressurized irrigation system will be ready for use on Monday, April 13th.  We will begin filling the PI lines on April 6th, so please make sure your PI valves are shut off to avoid any unnecessary flooding of your property.

The City is very concerned about the availability of water this year, so additional water restrictions were approved at the last City Council Meeting.

The restrictions are as follows:

NO outside watering between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

NO watering on Tuesdays.

NO watering for residents on Fridays.  (City parks, businesses, schools, and churches are allowed to water on Fridays.)

NO watering for City parks, businesses, schools, and churches on Saturdays.  (Residents are allowed to water on Saturdays.)

No exceptions will be made for these restrictions.

These restrictions will be strictly enforced! Please conserve water so additional water restrictions will not be needed.




Click here for a copy of the Penalty Provisions of the Pressure Irrigation Water Service Ordinance.

PI Violations:
1.      A written notice shall be sent for the first violation.  Notice is deemed sufficient if left with a resident over age fourteen or with a business occupant of the premises, or if left on the front door of the premises.

2.   A second violation by a residential user within the same calendar year shall subject the user to a $100 penalty and the valve shall be turned off and tagged.  The valve may not be turned back on until the fee is paid.  Notice of the penalty shall be provided as outlined in subsection (1) and added to the City Utility Bill for the premises.

3.   A third violation within the same calendar year shall subject the user to a $750 penalty and the pressure irrigation service shall be metered and a metered rate paid for the water used.  Once a meter is installed, it will remain with the property and the owners/users causing its installation shall pay a metered rate each year thereafter.  If the owner/user moves the pressure irrigation rate will revert back to the pre-violation rate.  Notice of the penalty shall be provided as outlined in subsection (1) and added to the City Utility Bill for the premises.  The person(s) violating must appear before the City Council and obtain their approval to have water restored.

4.   A fourth violation will also result in the termination of the service for the remainder of the irrigation season.

  

PRESSURIZED IRRIGATION SYSTEM CONNECTION


CLICK HERE for a Pressurized Irrigation System Connection flyer in PDF format.

Below is a diagram that illustrates a typical residential connection to the pressurized irrigation system. It also shows a typical disconnect from the drinking water (culinary) system. It is unlawful for these two systems to be connected at the same time even with a shut off valve in-between the two systems. The two systems must be physically disconnected from one another to avoid potential contamination.

Please call Salem City at 423-2770 to schedule an inspection when you connect to the PI, before you bury your piping systems.