Seasonal sprinkler-related public safety

Temperatures will be dropping as Central Oregon enters fall, which means it is time to help prevent slips, trips, and falls caused by excessive water on our sidewalks and streets.  The City of Bend encourages everyone to do their part to ensure the safety of motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Four steps to sprinkler-related public safety:

1)    Run a two minute test cycle for each irrigation zone.  Be sure temperatures are above freezing.

2)    Inspect all sidewalks, streets, and other impervious surfaces for water runoff and overspray.

3)    Adjust sprinklers that are creating any water runoff or overspray.  Run sprinklers and inspect again if adjustments are required.

4)    Reduce irrigation run times to reflect reduced watering needs. Plants require roughly half as much water now than during peak summer temperatures and, in many cases, can be turned off completely for the season.

Each year motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians get surprised by wet or icy sidewalks and streets.  Often times these surprises result in accidents that can include serious injury.  Please follow these four simple steps to help keep family, friends and neighbors safe.

For more information related to seasonal sprinkler safety and water conservation, please visit or contact the City of Bend Utility Department at 541-317-3000.

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