Low Volume/Direct-to-root irrigation (also called drip/micro/maxi-jet irrigation).
Low volume is very efficient for non-turf applications. The technology applies precise amounts of water slowly and evenly at the root. Low volume irrigation helps reduce weeds and plant disease, and helps eliminate runoff. This technology also helps plants thrive with correct installation and maintenance.
In recent years WaterWise Irrigation Solutions has been using Netafim. Netafim USA products offer a wide variety of advantages to the homeowner, including saving from 30% – 70% of the water they would use with overhead sprays, oscillating sprinklers or rotors, as well as growing much healthier plants.
In fact, plants that are drip irrigated often grow to maturity as much as 50% – 70% faster, do so with less disease, and even reducing weeds in the garden.
Even these drip irrigation systems can develop problems over time and should be inspected for problems and adjusted as needed each fall. Below are some procedures we recommend to perform on your system to keep it operating at maximum efficiency year round.
Check for problems.
Turn on each valve, one at a time, and carefully inspect your irrigation system. Look for wet spots that indicate there might be a leaking irrigation pipe. Repair any leaks.
Replace controller battery.
Most irrigation controllers have a back-up battery that maintains the time and program during power failures. Typically it is a standard rectangular shaped 9-volt alkaline battery. Check the battery in the irrigation controller.
Check the controller time
Check that the irrigation controller actual time is set correctly (day light savings!!!). The am/pm and that the irrigation Odd/even watering days is set correctly.
Check the rain sensor
Rain sensor should be properly installed and in working condition
Check the lines
Check your lines for any pinches, leaks tears or clogs that can interfere with efficient operation