This year’s irrigation season for most residential and business customers served by the city of Yakima’s irrigation system ends Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Irrigation Supervisor Rich Sanislo encouraged people to start preparing for the shutdown.

“If they need to do some final watering, they should get that done this weekend,” Sanislo said. “People should also go through the process of winterizing their own irrigation systems after the water stops flowing.”

Systems that operate independently of the city’s system also will be shutting down in the next few weeks, said city spokesman John Fannin.

Fannin noted in a news release that the city has operated irrigation systems since the early 1900s. Some 11,000 customers in today’s system are served by 66 smaller, individual systems that were consolidated almost 20 years ago into a single utility.

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