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Solutions for Irrigation Problems

April 15, 2010

There are many of us out their considering having an irrgation system and many of us that already have them. A major Precentage of us however rely on a municilpal water supply to feed these systems. Any irrigation system owner who does rely on a municipal source scratches there heads because everytime they actually need to use the system a water a ban is issued or you get your first doosey of a water bill. You are frustrated and angry because you need that water. You have just installed thousands of dollars in nursrey stock on top of the irrigation system and you have dead plants and no water? By now the wifey is screaming or the hubby for that matter that all this money was just thrown away.

One way that you can avoid this issue would be to talk to your irrigation specialist about the GPM or gallons per minute of water the system is going to need to run . If you achieve this information you should consult with the town in regards to how much that amount of water usage daily is actually going to cost you. Caution sit down before they tell you. Also, consider how often your area does experience all out water bans. If the bans are often which is usually the case you may want to consider adding the cost of another water source to feed this system into the total projet cost..

Now you have a few options to remediate this system. You could install a shallow or a deep well system, both systems vary considerably in both functionality and price.

A shallow well system commonly reffered to as a dug or point well are the least expensive route to go. However they do have a few downfalls. Shallow wells utilize surface water as the water source now during a drought period surface water tends to dry up. During long drought periods surface wells are usually the 1st to fail. Another downfall of a shallow well system would be that generally speaking they usually utilize a jet pump as opposed to a submersible pumps. Jet pumps can be quite noisy and can be bothersome when they constantly loose prime with every power outage or surge. It should also be considered that surface water has a higher rate of bacteria or contamination issues when it comes to water quality. You may say to yourself that what does the water quality matter. However when it comes to irrigation wells you may stop to think that your kids or dog running in that water or that you yourself taking a quick sip from a hose does. When considering this option consult with your local board of health to see if they even allow shallow wells in your town or city this goes the same with deep wells however its more common for shallow wells to be banned.

A deep well system commonly reffered to as a drilled, artesian or pounded well are absolutly the more expensive route to go however they are also the more constant supply. A deep well utilizes water in aquifers deep in the earth’s. bedrock. With deep wells casing (steel pipe) is sealed into the bedrock seeling off all surface water. Aquifers are a more stable and are less effected by long periods of drought and contamination if properly sealed. Now please dont be fooled deep wells can be effected by severe drought and also by contamination but it is far less likley. A deep well utilizes a submersibe pump system set submerged deep into the aquifer. They make virtually no sound and can give you the ability to utlize VFD or variably frequency drive technology to support your irrigation system with a constant pressure and flow.

For more information contact Ashley Connolly @ ashley@wellguy.com or call her at 1-800-562-9355

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