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Published on July 17, 2015, in Information & Tips.

Rainy Days National Irrigation Month 2015

How are you going to celebrate National Irrigation Month? You can start by checking up on your irrigation system to make sure it’s running at peak efficiency, or have one installed! No matter what you do to celebrate, you can always find more ways to conserve water. Here are 3 tips to help you start on the right foot!

Perform Proper System Maintenance

When you first turn your system on after installation or a winter, as well as throughout the season, check for any broken sprinkler heads and leaks and repair immediately. Adjust the heads to be straight at ground level and ensure they are not leaning or being block, as this can deflect and waste water. It is best to install pressure-regulated devices that prevent misting & fogging, which indicate high water pressure. An inexpensive way to save water is to replace mismatched nozzles and install high-efficiency nozzles.

Program Your System Correctly

Don’t ever set the timer and forget it. Consider the time of year, precipitation, and plant needs, then adjust accordingly. For example, shady areas will require less water than a sun-exposed area, same with spring and fall as opposed to summer. When your plants become established is another good time to adjust the timer since they require less water. You can check your soil by inserting a screwdriver into the soil–the easier it is to push, the more water the soil already has. In the summer heat, it is best to cycle and soak to allow the ground to absorb the water without puddling.

Consider ‘Smart’ Technology

You can easily save water by eliminating human error and installing a smart controller, such as evapotranspiration (ET) technology. This technology uses weather data to determine the best times to water based on scientific information. Another technology, rain sensors, eliminate watering before and after a rainstorm. You can check your water provider’s website to see if they offer rebates or discounts on smart controllers and shut-off devices.


Could our services be the answer to your lawn problems? Call Rainy Days Irrigation today at (919) 779-9285 and one of our trained technicians can advise you on the  best solution for your drainage and irrigation issues.


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Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd each year and was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970. It was intended to promote ecology and respect for life on the planet as well as to encourage awareness of the growing problems of air, water and soil pollution.

Some people prefer to observe Earth Day around the time of the March equinox. American anthropologist Margaret Mead added her support for the equinox Earth Day in 1978. She supported this particular observance time throwing her support behind John McConnell, another supporter of Earth conservation and whom coined the phrase, “Earth Day.” McConnell was a man with a passion for peace, religion and science throughout his life.

Whenever you chose to observe Earth Day, it’s goal is to inspire awareness of and appreciation for earth’s environment and calls for the protection of our planet. Every day should be Earth Day.

What are you going to do to commemorate Earth Day?

Here are some ideas:

  • Plant a tree, or flowers. Clean air!
  • Reuse and recycle. Re-purpose materials. Conserve!
  • Clean up litter. Adopt a highway. Keep ditches and creeks trash-free.
  • Buy, or make earth-friendly products. Chemical-free products.
  • Ride your bike instead of driving a car. Reduce air pollution.
  • Conserve water. Use sparingly in house and yard.
  • Conserve energy. Update your lighting and appliances to ‘Energy Star.’

Simple changes can make a big difference. Make every day Earth Day. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Save energy, water, and money with Rainy Days on your side. Preventative maintenance services are provided by our skilled technicians. Conservation is important to us! Give us a call today. (919) 779-9285


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Below we have compiled a list of ways that you can be more water conscious.

Remember to encourage all those around you to think about they use the resource and how we can conserve more of it.

• Use reclaimed waste water for irrigation

• Turn it off when you aren’t using it while brushing your teeth

• Showers instead of baths, and take shorter showers

• Use commercial car washes that recycle their water

• Report/fix any  broken pipes, open hydrants, faulty sprinklers

• Encourage a resource-conscious environment at your workplace

• Use a rain barrel to catch water for your garden and/or plants

• Winterize your outdoor spigots to prevent freezing/busting that leads to leaks

• Promote water conservation in your community by contacting local officials

 


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In the past two years we have noticed an increase in the number of clients looking at ways to reduce the amount of water their irrigation systems use in order to reduce the cost of their water bill. Some municipalities have tripled the cost of irrigation water rates from just 5 years ago, leaving home owners with much larger water bills. The efficiency of an irrigation system’s water usage is measurable just like a car’s gas mileage. The first step in reducing your water bill will be to assess how efficient your current irrigation system is.

START REDUCING TODAY!

Let our irrigation system consultant visit your residential or commercial property and perform a thorough walk through of your irrigation system. Our consultant will record all necessary information about the irrigation system in order to achieve the following results: Improved Distribution Uniformity, Improved Reliability, and Establish an Irrigation Schedule.

IMPROVE DISTRIBUTION UNIFORMITY BY:

1. Adjusting the water pressure at each head to a point that is within the manufacturers’ recommended range.

2. Installing the proper size nozzle in each head based on radius, arc and water availability.

3. Installing pressure compensating heads to even the pressure among all the heads on the zone.

4. Retrofitting poor performing fixed spray nozzles with nozzles that have much better application patterns as well as a slower application rate that will limit run-off.

5. Relocating heads that are not spaced properly or are now covered with landscape plantings.

6. Adjusting the heads that may be leaning or are too deep in the ground.

IMPROVE RELIABILITY BY:

1. Reduce the water pressure on the main line, valves, lateral lines and heads to only that which is needed to operate the system.

2. Install check valves to help hold the water in the lines and the air out reducing water hammer.

3. Rebuild/Replace older zone valves and adjust the flow control so the valves shut off every time, on time.

4. Install, adjust or replace the rain sensor.

ESTABLISH AN IRRIGATION SCHEDULE BY:

1. Assess the system zone by zone to complete appropriate site information.

2. Create an irrigation schedule based on information gathered along with methods developed by the Irrigation Association.

3. Install and program a “Smart Controller” that will change your irrigation schedule based on real time weather event.


Rainy Days Irrigation, Inc. | 115 Sigma Dr. | Garner, NC | (919) 779-9285
Irrigation | Drainage | Backflow | Landscape Lighting