Water efficiency is becoming a hot topic and there are many ways to save water. Let us show you how.
The easiest way to save water and money, with wired and wireless options available! There’s nothing more embarrassing than having your sprinklers run during a rain storm. On average there is more than 40 days a year between May and September that it rains in the Lower Mainland. If you have an irrigation system that has 5 zones and only runs 2 days a week for 15 minutes a zone, that is a wastage of 45,000 gallons of water. That’s going to add up if you have a water meter! So what are you waiting for?
Current System Assessment
We would be happy to assess your system to ensure that it is operating in an efficient manner, ensuring that the following are met:
- No overspray onto pathways, driveways, and properties
- Ensuring water pressure is correct so that the water is hitting the ground rather than misting and watering adjacent properties
- Correct programming of the controller (no multiple runs and correct durations)
- Is the rain sensor working correctly? Or do you require a rain sensor?
- Correct separation of watering zones
- Correct height of sprinkler so that there is correct coverage and no pooling water
Special Sprinkler Heads
Using SAM and PRS style sprinklers is the simplest way to convert your existing irrigation system into a high-efficiency, low-maintenance system. These sprinklers can drastically cut down on watering times and waste water due to “run-off” caused by elevation changes or “Misting” and “overspray” caused by high pressure systems.
- SAM (seal-a-matic)
Seal-A-Matic is a special sprinkler with a check valve installed in the body of the sprinkler. The internal check valve inside this sprinkler is designed to snap shut after the zone shuts off preventing any seepage from the nozzle. This will not only prevent damage to your landscape caused by puddling and run off, but will also save enormous amounts of water which in turn saves the environment and your wallet! In some cases all the water in a specific zone may drain out of the sprinklers after watering is complete depending on landscape elevation. For example, If you had a zone that uses a 1” supply pipe and is 60’ long, every time that zone stopped running you would lose over 9 liters of water onto a specific spot of your landscape! If that zone ran everyday for three months (which is not uncommon) you would lose 810 liters of water! And that’s just one zone! Multiply that by 6 zones for the average household, and you have wasted nearly 5,000 liters of water in just three months! That being said, why wouldn’t you want SAM heads?
- PRS (pressure regulated stem)
Pressure-Regulated-Stem sprinklers have a special pressure regulator built right into the sprinkler.This sprinkler is ideal for high pressure systems where “misting” or “fogging” is an issue. When the pressure within a system is too high, sprinklers tend to mist throughout the run cycle of your system. Misting causes excessive overspray of surrounding sidewalks, buildings, etc., which can be extremely damaging. Also if the water being emitted through the sprinkler is landing on your home and not your lawn, you will need to run your system longer than necessary to ensure your landscape is getting adequate water. The PRS sprinkler reduces the pressure at the nozzle of each sprinkler to 30psi which is what the nozzles are designed to perform best at. PRS sprinklers can also restrict water loss by up to 70 perecent when the nozzle is missing or damaged. High pressure is good coming from your shower head but definitely not from your sprinkler system, contrary to popular belief!