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Irrigation System Design
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Our Design Philosophy and Process

All our designs created using computer assisted drafting software. The following paragraphs give you an idea of our design philosophy and process. As certified irrigation contractors, we are committed to the responsible and sustainable use of water. Our mantra is to use the least amount of water possible to maintain a healthy landscape. This is achieved through two major principles: having a uniform application of water and optimizing the watering schedule.

Sprinkler Head Spacing Diagram

A uniform application rate starts with proper sprinkler head spacing. Our drafting software allows us to accurately space heads in a “head to head” configuration. This is standard practice in the industry, and allows for the most uniform coverage. Once your sprinkler layout is determined, we can determine the total number of zones needed. We do this by looking at the maximum total flow your water source can provide. Weather your system is fed by a city water meter or pump, the software uses this information to decide how many sprinklers can safely operate on each zone. Once the sprinkler zones are determined, the software allows us to automatically size all our pipes, ensuring friction loss won’t affect your systems performance.

Even the best designed systems with high uniformities can be huge water wasters if improperly managed. That is why it is equally important to properly schedule your irrigation system. The average lawn in Calgary needs about one inch of water a week. Our drafting software can determine the average precipitation rate in each zone based on the sprinkler manufactures data. This information can be used to schedule your system to meet this recommend amount or watering. You can also take it a step further by using a smart Wi-Fi Controller, which can actively manage your irrigation system based on internet weather data.

For newly laid sod, root depth becomes a major factor in the creation of an irrigation schedule. The mistake is commonly made to water for long periods of time to help the sod establish, while in reality, most of the water ends up way below the root zone and is completely wasted. The solution is to water more frequently, for shorter periods of time.