Do you remember when you purchased your first piece of power equipment?
Maybe you were still a teenager, and you bought a walk-behind mower
that you stored in your dad’s garage. Maybe it was the first riding
mower you bought when you decided to go into business for yourself,
after putting in a few years working for another company. Whatever it
was, the decision was probably not a difficult one. You knew what you
needed and you knew exactly how much money you had to spend.
It’s happening all over
the country. Watering
restrictions are showing
up everywhere—not only
in arid climates but also in
places where, only a short
time ago, water was considered
a low-cost, free-flowing
BESIDES INDEPENDENCE DAY,
there’s another reason for contractors
to celebrate July: Smart Irrigation
Month. As July is one of the
peak months for landscape water
usage, it’s a good time to look closely
at smart irrigation practices,
water-saving irrigation products
and water efficiency in general.
Ken and Harold Fay’s
parents started a lumber
yard back in 1947 in
Ojai, California. When their
father passed away, the
sons—Ken and Harold—
helped their mother run the
lumber yard. In time, the
mother phased out of the
business and Ken and
Harold were the proud owners
of Ojai Lumber.
These are tough times we’re going through, especially in the pond and waterscape industry. Many of us have never gone through a period like this before. I hear many contractors talking about recession, depression, economic downturn, stalled economy and, quite frankly, it can be depressing if you let it get to you.
THERE’S NEVER BEEN A BETTER time to develop your water conservation IQ. The word is out: water is recognized as a limited resource everywhere—even in areas not yet hit hard by shortages.
WATER CONSERVATION INITIATIVES HAVE SKYROCKETED over the past few years forcing many cities into mandatory water restrictions. Some mandate an overall usage reduction while others restrict days and time of acceptable watering periods.
With water an increasingly scarce and valuable resource, it’s more important than ever for landscape irrigation designs to include efficiencies in every component of the system—including the pumping equipment.