Posts Tagged ‘irrigation system’

  • Water Savings from Smart Irrigation Controllers
    11.11.14

    How One Award-Winning Community Saved $58,000 in Water Costs

    Three years ago, the homeowners association (HOA) of Canterberry Crossing, a Colorado master-planned community, had an urgent problem. Their irrigation infrastructure responsible for watering the landscape of Canterberry Crossing’s 15 sub-communities and 2,500 homes was on the decline. Meanwhile water costs were rising—fast. They needed help. The first thing the ValleyCrest experts did once they came on board was a thorough audit of the irrigation system. Valve by valve, an irrigation tech noted all leaks or malfunctions and adjusted each... MORE >

  • Slip n Slide
    11.08.12

    Water Under the Bridge

    As I grow older it seems I am taking more time to reflect on where I’ve been and where I’m going.  Although I strongly believe in water conversation, I wasn’t always so inclined.  Really, most people weren’t. Back in the day water wasn’t really looked upon as a resource.  It was, well, just water. This wasn’t the case for my parents who grew up in the Oklahoma dust bowl era but for me, a kid in the 60’s, water was... MORE >

  • Fix a Leak Week
    03.12.12

    Spread the word about WaterSense Fix a Leak Week!

    This week, March 12th thru 18th marks the EPA’s 4th annual Fix a Leak Week and as landscape irrigation professionals there are many things we can do to educate our customers to increase their awareness of the importance of fixing leaks. According to EPA Administrator, Lisa P. Jackson, “Across the country, household leaks add up to more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually. The amount we’re losing could supply Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami for a full year. We’re... MORE >

  • Sustainable Urban Landscape Conference: The Bottom Line for Green is Black
    02.28.12

    The Bottom Line for Green is Black

    The theme for the fourth annual Sustainable Urban Landscape conference being held at Cuyamaca College March 8 is “The Bottom Line for Green is Black,” examining the ways that good landscaping practices can be a profitable business model in addition to helping the environment. Architect John Picard, known as the “green prophet” for his pioneering work in sustainability is the key note speaker for event. He was a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council, a trade organization that... MORE >

  • Santa Ynez Slopes
    02.14.12

    If You Have a Problem We Have a Solution.

    BACKGROUND The scenic canyon location of this Santa Ynez community is a major draw for residents who enjoy views from the Santa Monica Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. But the hillside slopes surrounding the community proved problematic for the homeowners’ association. Faced with an aging irrigation system prone to breaking, the board decided to take action to prevent costly water loss from ruptures and to address serious soil erosion problems threatening homes. Project Scope Santa Ynez Homeowners’ Association was experiencing... MORE >

  • Fertigation Tank
    02.02.12

    Fertigation Part 4- The Bigger Picture.

    Welcome to the final part in our fergiation series.  Along this journey we’ve learned the basics of fertigation, learned how fertigation can save water and money, and explored the technology and costs behind fertigation systems. As the final chapter in this series, I am going to take the last look at commercial side of things and then let me put in my last two cents on the matter. For commercial applications, the designs are improving daily and have become a... MORE >

  • Extreme!
    01.17.12

    Are you obsessed?

    Some of us get a little carried away when it comes to the things we’re passionate about. Not sure if you’re going overboard? Here’s how you can tell. You might be obsessed with water management if: You wish commercial buildings had “How’s my irrigation system?” hotlines because you would call to report deficiencies On a romantic evening stroll, you stop to adjust errant pop-up heads in strangers’ yards You knock on the bathroom door to remind your guest not to flush... MORE >

  • Irrigation System Watering Sidewalk
    08.02.11

    10 Reasons I Hate Irrigation Systems…and what you can do to make me love them

    Common Problems with Irrigation Systems and Simple Solutions 1. Run off – once irrigation water starts to run off from the landscape onto drives and sidewalks the soil has reached the saturation point and can not absorb any more water. The amount of time this takes to occur varies based on head type, soil type, compaction and slope. SOLUTION: Use a “cycle and soak” feature where the zone runs for a shorter amount of time, but may run more than... MORE >

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