Sept. 15 2017
The entire plumbing code is engineered to make sure that water sent to an irrigation system never gets back into the potable water system, but the code can be defeated. One of the most common problems—and ...
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Jan. 15 2016
The New Year is here, and in many parts of the country that signals a quiet time for the landscape contractor. Irrigating lawns and freezing temperatures do not make a good combination, so in northern ...
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June 15 2015
If you’ve decided that it’s time for your kids to take over the family business, there’s more to it than simply handing them the keys. You need to have a succession plan. We can’t ...
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June 15 2015
Uncontrolled runoff in landscape irrigation systems has presented a problem for our industry for many years. Low head drainage is not only common throughout residential and commercial landscapes, it ...
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April 15 2015
One of the retired attractions at Disneyland was the “Carousel of Progress.” You’d sit in a theatre and watch an animatronic family as they described how technology was improving their ...
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Oct. 15 2014
Graywater from a system at a Florida residence is piped into the home’s drinking water. “Yellow gushy stuff” coming out of some taps in Maryland turns out to be the powerful—and ...
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Feb. 19 2015
When was the last time you had a good physical? A really thorough, front-to-back, inside-and-outside check of all your systems, to see if everything’s working right, or if something needs repairing ...
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Dec. 15 2014
It’s a sunny afternoon in January. The popular Frank Loesser song swoons “Ah, but baby it’s cooooold outside,” softly in the background as you keep your toes warm by a roaring fire. ...
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March 14 2014
“Water, water everywhere,” begins the old poem. Sure, there’s still plenty of water on this planet. However, if the experts are right, we’re going to have a lot less of it in ...
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Jan. 15 2014
However, remember that the maintenance of ponds is part of your business, and as a business, it is all year long. When the weather turns cold, you just have to love reaching down through two feet of 33° ...
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Dec. 16 2013
Sure, your guys do installations and maintain beautiful landscapes, but when it comes to properly irrigating them, no one in your company knows the difference between a spray head and a rotor ...
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Nov. 15 2013
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 ...
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Oct. 14 2013
LIKE MOST COLLEGES around the country, the 1,700-acre University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City is constantly building new labs and classrooms, new sports facilities, etc. With ongoing campus construction ...
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Aug. 14 2013
The same is true of many irrigation systems. In the past, irrigation designers and contractors may have been able to design and build systems that didn’t need an extra boost from one or more pumps, ...
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Nov. 1 2007
Its green now, but the far area of my backyard used to be brown, spotted and ugly. This was because my expanded landscape had too many sprinklers, and the only pipe to the area turned out to be too small ...
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April 21 2008
The continued emphasis on water control and conservation is contributing to the downsizing of irrigation emission devices, like drip or microspray irrigation, which provide pinpoint applications at very ...
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April 21 2008
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 ...
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June 5 2006
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 ...
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Feb. 1 2007
If you’ve never worked on irrigation before, upon close inspection an irrigation system might appear to be a jumble of wires running here, there and everywhere, valves that work in a way you don’t ...
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