Hot New Irrigation
The hot new irrigation items this season are Pressure Regulated, and Water Wise. What do these terms Pressure Regulated and Water Wise actually mean, and do you need these new sprinklers for your yard? With a short answer, Yes.
Why has the industry gone pressure regulated?
Many of our yards have too much pressure flowing through the irrigation lines. Pressure regulated sprinkler bodies have built in features that put a resistance to the flow of water going into the spray body, and lowers the pressure to an optimal level.
Too much pressure can find that you will need to replace a blown out nozzle, or nozzle cap quicker. High pressure also causes misting which puts more water into the air instead of your lawn. This water is then evaporated, and considered a loss, but if you're on a metered system, you still pay for this use of water.
This year in the western states, our government launched new regulation that requires us to have our sprinklers and nozzles regulated to 40 PSI max. With this effort, you can still get the satisfaction of irrigating your yard, without wasting so much water.
How do I become "Water Wise" with just nozzles?