This may be what you are used to seeing when your sprinkler system is running, but there is more waste happening here than lawn watering! New irrigation technology is not only designed to nearly eliminate the runoff on sidewalks, driveways and other impervious surfaces, but also saves water from being lost in the fine spray produced by the traditional style of sprinkler nozzles.
Most homeowners would be surprised to learn that their irrigation system can use more water than every single indoor water appliance combined. While a typical household may use 200-400 gallons per day, a conventional 7 zone irrigation system uses approximately 2,500 gallons of water every time it runs, which most of the year is twice a week. Sadly, nearly half of that water is wasted due to bad design, over-pressurization, poor installation, out grown landscapes and improper scheduling.
A new type of nozzle waters differently and provides more even coverage throughout your entire landscape. These nozzles apply heavier drops of water slower so they penetrate the soil deeper and avoid creating runoff and puddling in the yard. Deeper watering encourages plants to grow deeper roots, making them more resistant to extended heat.
Your irrigator will do a thorough inspection of your entire irrigation system. Every zone will be operated and every head inspected. They will note any water loss in the system due to cracked pipes, leaking sprinkler heads or poor initial design. They will measure the amount of water your sprinkler system uses every time it runs. This gives us a baseline for how much water your landscapes uses year-round and a full report of the function and needs of your system.
Using the information gathered in the inspection process, we will provide two different options for addressing the needs of your system. The first option will be a list of the essential repairs your system requires, including raising sunken heads that can no longer water past the vegetation or soil line, replacing malfunctioning and leaking sprinkler heads and pipes, as well as relocating or eliminating wasteful or inefficient sprinkler heads. The second option will include all needed repairs and well as retrofitting the system with the appropriate MP Rotator nozzles. Drip irrigation may be suggested in areas.
During the process of the system upgrade process, we take the utmost care to be as minimally disruptive to the landscape and yard. Broken heads are replaced and brought up to proper grade level. Unneeded heads may be removed, some relocated or new heads added as required by your current landscape. The end result is a system that looks and functions better than new again. Landscapes are designed to grow and change over time, your irrigation system should as well.
After the project is complete and the system has been fine tuned, another inspection will be performed to calculate the new water usage to compare your savings with the original estimates.
Most customer reduce their landscape watering use by half following a full system retrofit. Additional savings of up to 30% can be achieved through the use of a smart controller. These WIFI enabled controllers are connected to nearby weather stations and not only prevent watering during rain or freezing temperatures, it automatically adjusts your scheduled based on predicted and actual weather conditions. Meaning if a storm is likely on a watering day, your system may automatically skip that day and resume it's regular schedule after accounting for actual rainfall totals. This eliminates the need for manual seasonal adjustments and makes it easy to view and control your system through a simple smart phone application. GreatWater Irrigation is a Rachio Pro and a top installer for these smart devices in the country.