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Water Wasters: Broken Sprinkler Heads

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Despite our recent rain, some businesses are still letting their sprinklers run inefficiently.

Broken sprinkler heads can come in all different forms. Some are just small leaks sending a light stream of water onto the sidewalk, while others can be much larger, causing water to shoot several feet into the air. This week, we received photos showing all different kinds of leaks.

Our first stop was to the Crossings at Bell apartment complex.We caught up with owner Gene Rahll, who explained in some cases broken sprinkler heads can be hard to avoided.

That's why the Crossings have created a policy to make sure any issues are caught quickly.

"Every Friday afternoon we go through around 600 sprinkler heads to check them," he told us, after we brought his attention to a leak outside of the office.

Last year Rahll told us they even installed a new water saving system to help conserve more than just this precious natural resource.

"Water costs a lot of money, so we don't want to waste it," he told us.

When we were done at the Crossings we headed across town to Caprock High School. A photo sent to us showed water shooting several feet into the air.

When we reached out to the school district, they told us a gasket had blown out of the main irrigation water line.The AISD assured us the water has been shut off and work will continue this week to fix the rupture.

Sam's Club was another business caught with a broken sprinkler head. We passed along the photo in hopes of having the issue corrected, something the business said they would look into.

Our last stop was to the Residences at Plum Creek. A photo shows a broken sprinkler head, with the system running during the rain. Two problems that the complex was unaware of.

When we spoke with them, they apologized for the waste and told us it would be looked at and fixed as soon as possible.

As always, thank you for sending us you photos. If you happen to see a business wasting water, let us know.

Send us your photos to waterwasters@newschannel10.com

Colleen Nelson - NewsChannel 10
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