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Sprinkler spotted running in the rain. It wasn’t the automatic kind. An hour later I passed by again and it was turned off but still visible in the yard. Puzzling since we are having record rain and floods.

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  1. By TJ
    June 29, 2013 at 11:15 pm | permalink

    One of my neighbors (not that location) has a sprinkler with a timer b/c they are starting new grass. It has often been running in rain as a result, but it only runs ~15 min/day. Perhaps the one you saw had a timer up near the faucet.

  2. By cosmonıcan
    June 29, 2013 at 11:40 pm | permalink

    It is probably part of a downspout drainage system. The downspouts drain into a buried pipe, where the water can seep through holes into the soil under the lawn, or if there is too much, sprinkler heads will pop-up from the water pressure and spray the lawn.

  3. By Linda Diane Feldt
    June 30, 2013 at 12:14 am | permalink

    A hidden timer is possible, but this was clearly an old style hose attached oscillating sprinkler. They have a fan pattern and a few minimal settings. Nothing built into the yard or triggered by the rain. I considered that a kid might have set it up to play in – none in sight and the rain would suffice for getting wet. It kind of had to be intentional – which is partly why it was worth noting. A curious thing and indeed there may indeed be a logical explanation. Just an extra
    odd thing with the recent floods.

  4. By Rod Johnson
    June 30, 2013 at 10:11 am | permalink

    Timers that you attach to the spigot or hose are cheap and popular, and they lead to this kind of thing all the time.