Irrigation Replacement Opportunities With SprayheadsTomChilders
If you have a lot of spray irrigation in your market that was installed years ago, you have a lot of replacement potential. We’ve all seen it, beds and planting areas using sprays to water plants that occupy only a percentage of the area getting irrigated. You know water is being wasted and potentially, lots of it. (Many older spray nozzles use a lot of water.)
Start by observing the system performance and making note of the nozzle model(s). Make sure you know the requirements of what’s in the ground, soil and plant. Would a conversion to drip and/or micro be a more efficient way to go or maybe elimination altogether. Maybe just converting nozzles to better and more efficient models will do it. Many foundational plantings can be turned off or shut down via an isolation shut off or just capped. If the plants are big water consumers, you can always recommend replacing with something more appropriate.
What about the system operating pressure? What needs to be done? Spend the time to do a thorough job and do some homework too. A big part of your homework is checking to see if your customer might be eligible for any financial incentives for making water saving investments. Many markets have programs in place now. This all helps in the final decision process. If you can show a good payback or return, you increase your chance of closure and you are doing your customers and future generations a good deed, win, win, win!
If you just so happen to learn there are no real water savings opportunities, say so. Who do you trust more than the mechanic that says your car is fine when you take it in for a check up. Brand building integrity!
Obviously, this is not an exhaustive list but more of a single idea and thought provoker. An audit would be one way to go if you want a thorough approach. If you are doing that in your business today, good for you. If not, you should look into the IA’s Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor program. It is excellent and a Water Sense labeled certification program.
WaterSense, a partnership program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services. For more on it, go to the EPA Website section on Water Sense.