Water Sprinklers

Questioner: Anonymous

Posted to: Shari Shuman, Vice President for Administration & Finance

Where does the water come from for the irrigation of our landscaping? Is it something that we pay for?  I notice sprinklers often running on days after a substantial rain and hope we are not wasting money on this.


Written Response from John Hale, Director, Physical Facilities Department:

Shuman, Shari

Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2011 2:04 PM

To: Bush, Melissa; Lai-Chin, Fong Chuen

Subject: FW: Question from FA meeting–Dec 1

Please find the response to the question regarding irrigation of landscaping.

Please let me know if you have further questions or need additional information.


Shari Shuman

VP, Administration and Finance

University of North Florida

1 UNF Drive

Jacksonville, Fl 32224



 Tuesday, December 06, 2011 11:30 AM

From: Hale, John

To: Shuman, Shari

Subject: RE: Question from FA meeting–Dec 1


We have four sources of water for irrigation: JEA reclaimed, JEA potable, wells, and surface ponds.

We pay for only the water provided by JEA. Most of the irrigation for the center core of campus including the Fountains dorm, University Center and Golf Learning Center is from reclaimed water. Water from surface ponds is used for athletics and the north part of campus. We have sensors that collect weather information including rainfall that determine if, and how long for, the irrigation system should run. There are times, even when it has rained, that it is necessary to run the sprinklers due to a shortage in the total cumulative amount.

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