Monitor and improve efficiency of your landscape irrigation systems
August 19th, 2022
Determine the efficiency of your sprinkler system by looking for:
· Runoff on sidewalks and streets.
·Pooling or puddling of water
·Low head drainage – Does water continue to port/weep from sprinkler heads after the zone has stopped running?
·Check sprinklers for excessive misting
·Low pressure – water not distributed evenly throughout system
Determine which components are most critical to an efficient irrigation system
·Backflow Preventer – protects your potable water source from contamination. Make sure you have selected the correct backflow preventer for your property and the design of your system.
·Master Valve – Can prevent significant water loss in the event of breakage to system piping (gatekeeper of the system)
·Zone Valves – Not all are created equal. Upgrading to higher quality valves with flow control can improve system efficiency and distribution uniformity.
·Sprinkler Heads/Nozzles – Pressure regulation to prevent misting, high quality seals to prevent low head drainage, correct nozzle selection to ensure even distribution.
- Controller – Tells your system which sprinklers to run, and when. Learning how to adjust settings on your controller can save you money on irrigation service
Consider hiring a professional to inspect your irrigation system - make sure to have them explain and document any changes made to your controller.
High quality irrigation is an investment in the future of your landscape!