A network of weather stations broadcast solar energy, wind speed, temperature and humidity data to the ET Manager, while rainfall is measured onsite to pinpoint each site’s unique moisture conditions.
THE BASEBALL FIELD AT ROCKFORD
High School in Rockford, Minnesota,
had been a wasteland for years.
The ground was cracked and dry,
the surrounding area was practically
devoid of grass, and what little
grass existed was as shriveled as
As energy costs go up, so does our concern over how to
conserve. Among these concerns is our water supply. It
seems like more and more municipalities are placing
restrictions on the amount of water we can use. Some
homeowner groups are thinking of posting bulletins to
inform its neighborhood residents that they can only
water their lawns on certain days of the week for limited
amounts of time, but that’s just one option.
During the hot summer afternoons when the rest of his peers were lazing in swimming pools and catching campy action flicks at the local movie theatre, Bryce Bousquet spent his teenage years stocking shelves at his dad’s company warehouse.
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.
Imagine doing a load of laundry,
collecting the water from the
machine, and then using it to
water your trees. Imagine that
you’ve just finished taking a bath
and instead of letting the water go
down the drain as you normally
would, you collect it and use it
when you need to irrigate your
lawn. Water, especially potable
water, is beginning to run in short
supply and we need to find creative
ways to reuse it.
As manual irrigation control has been replaced by automatic control, communication between the automatic control device and the valves has become critical to the integrity of any automatic system. Like the nerves that carry impulses between neurons and the brain. If the message is corrupted between the two, so will be the resulting response.
Perhaps the most overlooked problem with landscape irrigation system performance is pressure. A healthy balance of pressure is good for the performance and longevity of your irrigation system, and thus the aesthetics of your landscape. Keeping some fundamental hydraulics in mind, minimizing the impacts of too much or too little pressure in an irrigation system is simple, quick and effective.
As Stephen Smith
assumes the presidency
of the Irrigation Association,
he realizes the challenges
the irrigation industry currently
faces. Pressure to
reduce water consumption is
building and landscape sustainability
is the new buzzword.
But Smith assumes
this position with a background
of invaluable experience
and a wealth of
knowledge of the irrigation
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.