With this seemingly early spring we had this year; it would be easy to be anxious to turn on irrigation/sprinkler systems. After all, with the snow melted off and inconsistent rain, things like grass and trees tend to dry up. The problem with that is despite the nice days, the nights still get pretty cold. Once the system is on, water is present throughout the whole system and while the majority of the system is under ground and insulated, many people’s backflow preventers are not protected. Many are mounted on the outside of the building or house and exposed to the air. Because of this, they are very susceptible to freezing and breaking. Backflow preventers also tend to be one of the more expensive parts of the system as well. So despite it appearing as though spring has arrived and it is time to water lawns and plants, please be patient. This snow storm is a helpful reminder that the cold from winter isn’t necessarily gone.