Oct. 15 2016
These days, it seems like the few parts of the country that aren’t running out of water are being overrun with it. Hurricanes and unseasonably wet weather are overwhelming the water infrastructure
Sept. 15 2016
Droughts that are designated as long-term cover all of California, half of Nevada, all of Arizona and weatern New Mexico, with central Utah taking a bit of a beating. California looks better than it did
Sept. 15 2016
Of all the living plant material most affected by prolonged, extraordinary drought, trees are among the most vulnerable. The historic parched condition that hit Texas so hard, beginning in 2010 and continuing
Sept. 15 2016
Back in 2011, Austin Water in Austin, Texas, began a ‘cash-forgrass’ program. It paid $10 for every 100 square feet of turf removed. The Southern Nevada Water District picked up on it and started
Sept. 15 2016
Whenever there’s a natural disaster, the government responds. When floods are imminent, the National Guard is mobilized to build sandbag dams. After hurricanes and earthquakes, FEMA steps in to provide
Sept. 15 2016
The reality of drought continues to impact our communities, as the landscape industry is forced to make tough decisions when faced with drought management measures. We’ve seen existing urban landscapes
Sept. 15 2016
Backflow comes in one of two forms: backsiphonage or backpressure. In backsiphonage, water is pulled from a system’s pipes by suction from the public lines. In backpressure, water is pushed out of
Sept. 15 2016
It’s been a year since we last talked with many contractors across the country about how droughts are affecting their business. We’re all a year older, hopefully a year wiser, and while some
July 15 2016
Like most of the major technological advances, remote control quickly brought changes to seemingly unrelated industries. The TV remote also found a use in irrigation systems before too long. Radio frequency
June 17 2016
Like many people my age, the first time I heard the label ‘smart’ applied to a device, it was a bomb. The media was all in a clamor about these fancy new weapons and waxed eloquent about their
May 16 2016
At the front of every text book on ancient Egypt is the famous quote by Herodotus that “Egypt is the gift of the Nile.” His message is a simple one, but it bears a profound meaning that still
April 15 2016
Every morning in cities across America, devoted joggers step out into the weak light of dawn and set off for their morning exercise. Most of them will pass by dozens of lawns along their route, and many
March 16 2016
When you hear the phrase “low-volume irrigation,” what picture pops into your head? Small spray heads, staked over plantings? Rotating heads, putting out multiple streams of water? Burbling
Dec. 15 2015
No contractor wants to get that “911”call from a client. Usually, it comes right after, or even during, a big rainstorm. And after you get off the phone, you might just let out a groan. That’s
Nov. 16 2015
The joke’s funny because you can’t picture the Stones’ lead guitarist doing anything more to prepare for winter than maybe, adding more scarves. Non-rock stars, however, who live where
Oct. 15 2015
Have you noticed lately that things have started running dry? If you’re an irrigation or landscape contractor living and working in one of the current drought states—California, Oregon, Washington,
Sept. 16 2015
Irrigation control is one of many automated processes now joining the Internet of Things. With the proliferation of WiFi-enabled controllers, the industry is entering a unique point in defining its market.
Sept. 16 2015
Pumps are among the oldest machines ever invented by mankind. All the way back in 2000 BC, the Egyptians invented a device for raising water called a shadoof, a long, suspended rod with a bucket at one
Aug. 17 2015
Some years ago, effluent from a wastewater treatment plant in San Antonio, Texas, backflowed into the potable water system at the plant due to maintenance activities. On September 18, 1996, a meter
July 15 2015
The continuing drought conditions in California and the water use mandate set by Governor Jerry Brown are putting the hurt on landscapes. Turf is being vilified as wasteful, and people are feeling societal