Winterizing Irrigation Systems


Irrigation
As autumn rolls on toward the holidays, it’s nearly time to pull out those parkas, boots, scarves, gloves and ear muffs from the attic or closet. I remember, from growing up in Chicago, that there was always a day in late fall when you knew winter was right around the corner.   More
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Drew & Matthew Thomas


Close-Up Profiles
As a young kid, Drew Thomas followed his father around the northeast region of Indiana. His father was playing industrial baseball and Drew was the bat boy. Thomas’ father had played professional baseball with the St. Louis Browns in the late 1930s and early ’40s until he joined the Army in World War II.   More
 
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Cross Connection: an unprotected connection point between a drinking water source and any source of nonpotable water.


Irrigation
A cross connection is defined as an unprotected connection point between a drinking water source and any source of nonpotable water. If a cross-connection point is not protected, it is possible for the flow of water to reverse its direction.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008 KATIE NAVARRO

Backflow Prevention:The Forefront of Responsible Irrigation


Backflow
As the demand for potable water exceeds supply, the responsibility of the irrigation contractor grows. The contractor must protect public water supplies from contamination.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Backflow Prevention: Protecting Water, Protecting Yourself


Backflow
For potable water, life is a series of one-way streets. Safe drinking water depends on all “traffic” within a water system to move in the direction it’s supposed to. Fresh water flows one way. It isn’t supposed to turn around and travel in the other direction.    More
 
Monday, June 5, 2006 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Irrigation: Generate More Revenue


Miscellaneous
Servicing lawn irrigation systems can be a very profitable item to offer your customers. It’s easy to become overly focused on installations as a source of income, but servicing is a profit center that should not be overlooked.    More
 
Monday, January 1, 2007

Follow the Purple Pipe


Irrigation
Although recent flooding across the Midwest has caused many people to shelve their water shortage concerns, officials are still alert to the possibility of drought, over-consumption and other forces that limit our water supplies. In several regions of the U.S., the worst is not yet over.    More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

ROY BAILEY


Close-Up Profiles
ROY BAILEY AND HIS FRIEND, RUSS Dresen, were hanging around one summer night having a few beers. They were, in many ways, no different than most other 20-somethings on a summer evening, knocking back drinks and talking about their plans for the future.   More
 
Friday, October 17, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

The Basics of Irrigation


Miscellaneous
LET’S ASSUME THAT YOUR COMPANY gets a contract with a homeowner whose property encompasses the size of two football fields, and, in addition to regular lawn maintenance, that homeowner wants you to install an irrigation system. You and your employees are all very happy—after all, this is a big job.   More
 
Sunday, February 22, 2009 DANNY FASOLD

Valve Boxes Add the Finishing Touch


Valves
A little over a year ago, I noticed that our backyard lawn was turning brown even though we had an automatic sprinkler system. I called in a landscape contractor to find out what was wrong. He discovered that the irrigation system was not working.    More
 
Monday, November 16, 2009 ROBIN WESTMILLER

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