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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
July 15 2015
There’s a lot of talk these days about “smart home” technology and the “Internet of Things.” What this really means is remote
June 15 2015
These are thirsty times, and from all indications, they’re going to get thirstier. If you live in a drought area, you already have a taste of what
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
May 15 2015
As a contractor who installs and repairs irrigation systems, you’re always looking for ways to get things done faster and more efficiently. So,
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
March 16 2015
Whether you blame politics, the population explosion, climate change, or thirsty aliens from outer space, the reasons don’t really matter. What