Water is available at the Waukesha County Rental Gardens shortly after the Gardens open in the spring until the first predicted freeze in the fall or when the Gardens close in October, whichever is first.
The water is supplied to the Garden from a nearby city fire hydrant and the Gardens are billed for all water used. Water runs from an apparatus attached to the fire hydrant through hoses to the tanks along the north side of the road in the Gardens. Water runs from the tanks on the north side through hoses that run under the road and then above ground through the Gardens to the tanks on the south side of the Gardens. The tanks at the gardens are kept full and gardeners can take water directly from a tank by dipping their watering can in to fill it with water. They can also hook up their hose to a hose connection at a water tank. Do NOT wash your hands in the water tanks!
Water tanks and hose connections
While the types of tanks and connections at each tank may vary, the basic operations are the same. Each tank has a float that senses the water level and automatically allows the tank to fill and then shuts off the water flowing to the tank when it it filled. The water coming into each tank at the garden is also equipped with multiple hose connections for gardeners to connect their personal hose. There is an on/off switch at every connection point that can be used to shut off the water in case of leaks. It is important to be familiar with how to “flip a switch” to turn off water to prevent waste (see photo for examples of types of switches used to control water flow). If you see a leak at the Gardens, please turn off the water nearest the point of the leak and contact the Extension office (firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com or 262-548-7775) so the issue can be addressed. Refer to the section below on leaks for how and where to shut off water in different situations.