Freshwater resources are becoming scarce due to population increase and associated increases in water, food, and energy demands. Moreover, extreme weather events (e.g., floods and droughts) are becoming common phenomena. Therefore, as freshwater resources become increasingly scarce and droughts become more frequent, there is a need for efficient use of water resources. There have been significant advancements in irrigation technologies (e.g., electric valves, smart controllers, soil moisture sensors, etc.) that can allow water savings. However, the effectiveness of these technologies depends on several factors such as the design of the irrigation system. Designing efficient irrigation systems and equipment will not only save money but also conserve water.
BROKEN, BENT AND BACKFLOW: WHAT NEEDS REPAIRING?
Over the winter, a lot of damage can occur due to freezing temperatures, snow plows, and ground shifting. How do you know when you need to call in an irrigation expert? Look for these potential problems when you activate your system:
- Broken or clogged nozzles.
- Broken lateral lines and underground leaks.
- Cracked backflow—i.e., you can’t activate the system.
- Heads leaning, raised, bent or not pointing in the right direction.
IS YOUR IRRIGATION PROGRAMMING OPTIMIZED?
Your programming should be adjusted throughout the spring, summer and fall to meet the watering needs of your landscape. For example, you don’t need as frequent of watering during the spring as you do the middle of the summer. A few tips:
- Right now, evaluate your run times for spring watering.
- Then, mark your calendar to make adjustments throughout the seasons.
- Make sure to match your irrigation runtime to sun exposure throughout the year—some plants don’t need as much water as others.
UPDATE & UPGRADE: THE LATEST IRRIGATION TECHNOLOGY
For systems less than 5 years old, there are a lot of opportunities to improve efficiency by adding a smart controller, pressure reducing nozzles and/or check valves.
Irrigation technology is rapidly evolving really valuable to homeowners who want to streamline their systems.“There are opportunities to upgrade your systems to WiFi and get them on the cloud to automatically make programming changes on a daily basis based on individual zone requirements and local weather.”
OTHER REASONS TO UPGRADE SYSTEMS INCLUDE
Ease of operation and accessibility.
Less water waste and increase efficiency.
Automated control of runtimes based on recent weather and specific zone data.
“Contact a landscape maintenance expert to learn more about the latest technology. It can help you save on your water bill and ensure longevity of your outdoor spaces.”
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