IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT

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Managing irrigation systems in the past has been characterized as simply operating the controller and adjusting schedules through the season. Often this ‘management’ takes place without the managers ever actually looking at the sprinkler heads they are operating.

We approach irrigation management a bit differently.

Irrigation systems are prone to damage and malfunction, and demand frequent ‘wet checks’ before the system is operated.

“We run no system without eyes on the sprinklers”

Our preference is checking system operation once a week – more often if conditions require it.

But our management is not simply watching and running the system. We assess every system’s performance and correct critical deficiencies before operation.

“We run no system that wastes water”

If we can help it! Some deficiencies are easy to fix; some are the result of poor design and/or installation. Our management includes ‘tuning-up’ a system at the start, with on-going adjustments as necessary. Typically this includes nozzle adjustments or nozzle sizing changes, arc adjustments, raising heads, etc.

Some problems such as poorly spaced sprinklers, or low operating pressures due to incorrectly sized pipe, are the result of poor design and installation. Systems operating in these situations suffer either for poor quality turf, or overuse and runoff of water. These situations are often not easily fixed without considerable investment.

 

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When It Comes To The Control System,

We specialize in operating the new generation of weather and soil-moisture based ‘Smart Controllers’.

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When programmed and operated correctly, these controllers save time, money, and water. Many of these controllers have ‘remote operation’ capability, meaning they can be operated from off-site computers, The latest generation controllers are web-based and can be operated from mobile devices. We fully embrace and promote this technology — they have revolutionized irrigation management.

We are certified operators of many central control systems: the traditional computer-based systems such as Rainbird Maxicom, Hunter IMMS, and Calsense; as well as the newer, web-based systems including Baseline, RainMaster, Tucor, and WeatherTRAK. We leverage the power of these control systems to professionally manage a single site or multiple sites, saving time and money while using water responsibly.

Saving water is a noble goal. These controllers help in several ways.

First, they use weather and soil sensors to schedule run times and days according to climate conditions and plant water needs. Most are pretty good, but we go beyond by using soil probes to check moisture conditions and look ahead to future weather forecasts.

“We Do Not ‘SET AND FORGET’ Smart Controllers”

Second, many of these controllers have the capability of reading a flow sensor. Some will read multiple flow sensors. This allows for monitoring the flow of each zone, reporting under or over flows, and shutting down zones if necessary. Some of the controllers can use flow information to manage the number of zones they can run together – maximizing the water source capacity and decreasing the time it takes to water a site.

CALL US. WE CAN HELP MANAGE YOUR IRRIGATION SYSTEM