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City Asks for Voluntary Compliance with 'Stagger Your Start' Program

By setting automatic systems to start five, 10 or 15 minutes after the top of the hour, pressure drops can be minimized.

The city of Rochester Hills is asking residents to voluntarily comply with the "Stagger Your Start" program when watering lawns and landscaping. (Screenshot: City of Rochester Video)
The city of Rochester Hills is asking residents to voluntarily comply with the "Stagger Your Start" program when watering lawns and landscaping. (Screenshot: City of Rochester Video)

Rochester Hills is asking residents voluntarily stagger the start time of automatic landscape watering systems to help reduce sudden water pressure drops that have been detected when systems across the city start on the hour.

The city’s watering ordinance restricts automatic watering systems to operate between  midnight and 5 a.m., but everyone starts on the hour, pressure will drop, city officials said.

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The city also reminds users they can play a role in conserving water and save themselves money in the process by becoming conscious of the amount of water their households are using and by looking for ways to use less when possible.

Some water conservation tips include:

  • Indoor/Outdoor Water Saving Tips - View a list of common indoorand outdoor water saving tips (source: Water, Use it Wisely).  

  • Home Water Audit  - Saving water is easier when you think. Here’s a fun and easy way to see how water–wise you are around your home. Take the water audit (source: Water, Use it Wisely).

  • Rochester Hills Outdoor Watering Restrictions - To conserve water and reduce water consumption during peak hours, the outdoor watering of lawns, gardens, plants, trees, shrubs and other landscape is regulated. View the ordinance for more information.

  • Rochester Hills Annual Water Quality Report - This report reviews the sources of our water, lists the results of our tests and contains important information about water, health and ways to use water responsibly. Watch a brief video overview of these results.

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