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Winterization of Park Irrigation Systems Underway

For immediate release: September 12, 2018 - 9:00am

City crews have begun annual winterization of the 435 irrigation systems in Saskatoon parks and along roadway streetscapes.  Winterization is an important maintenance procedure to help ensure the longevity of the City’s irrigation infrastructure.

Irrigation winterization involves the use of large compressors that force air through the irrigation system, removing any residual water so it will not freeze within the underground pipes.  The force of compressed air exiting through sprinkler heads may pick up and propel debris within the work zone.

To ensure public safety, residents are asked to follow all signage at worksites, and please stay clear of all sprinkler heads and related winterization equipment during maintenance.

The winterization process is expected to take seven weeks.