The Wallowa County courthouse lawn will soon have a new irrigation system.

Immediately after the Wallowa County Board of Directors unanimously awarded the bid of $10,900 to Eastern Oregon Nursery and Landscaping Monday morning, a crew from EONL was placing colored flags around the lawn to mark lines for the system.

According to a contract between the county and the landscaping company, the automatic, underground, frost-free irrigation system will include individualized zones to meet requirements of various areas of the landscape.

Before approving the bid, the BOC discussed some of the benefits of an automatic system, including elimination of the need for someone to change the sprinklers often. The system will offer more uniform coverage, and more efficient use of water.

"In my opinion, this type of facility needs to have an irrigation system ... or we let it all dry up, and I don't think that's acceptable to the community," said board chairman Mike Hayward in support of the system.

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