Please double check your Downloads folder: it's absolutely impossible that this hack can affect the sims in any way; the "water effect" is only used in these sprinkles: making this effect invisible (better: removing the effect from the sprinkles) can't modify anything else.
In particular, even if the sims would use for whatever reason the water effect (it's just for discussion's purpose: this ipothesis is impossible), the effect is still intact in the game: simply, the sprinkles don't use it any more.
I'm sure you must either have some hack in you Downloads folder that is causing this problem, or you have some bad clothings or skins that are not correctly rendered in the game.
I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I have a massive farm, 300+ plants all needing watered, and every time the damn sprinklers came on it locked up my whole computer. You have just saved my poor dying graphics card a little longer!
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