Smart Yards and Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater harvesting systems can range from a simple barrel at the bottom of a downspout to multiple cisterns with pumps and filtration.

Rain barrels and cisterns are ancient technologies and they are making a comeback as water shortages prompt homeowners to save and use rain that falls on their properties.

What is a Rain Barrel?
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Rain barrels connect to downspouts to collect rainwater from roofs. The collected water has many uses.Some examples of uses for this collected rainwater are:

  • Watering Lawns
  • Watering Gardens
  • Washing Cars
  • Clean Outdoor/Patio Furniture
  • Watering Indoor Plants & Potted Outdoor Plants
  • Come in a great variety of colors, styles and designs to complement your home’s look.
  • Are closed containers to prevent children, pets and mosquitoes from getting in.
  • Have a spigot so rainwater can be easily accessed and used to water gardens and flower beds.

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Rain Barrel Benefits

  • Safely and efficiently reduce water use and water bills
  • Protect our water supply
  • Decrease storm drain floods by reducing the amount of rain that enters drains during storms
  • Some plants prefer rainwater because it is chlorine-free
  • Using less water in our yards conserves limited freshwater resources for future generations

When using rainwater for landscape irrigation, it is critical to be as efficient as possible. This includes applying only the amount of water that the plants need. This also means using drip irrigation. For more information on Drip irrigation and Rain Barrel installation please call Digital Rain Sprinkler Systems 402-934-7900 or visit our Website Digital Rain Sprinkler Service today.

Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting Systems
A small, but growing number of homeowners are equipping their rooftops with rain-harvesting systems that capture storm runoff and store it in tanks.

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The process shown in the figure makes the collected rainwater suitable for drinking or common household use .A rainwater harvesting system can range in size and complexity. All systems have basics components, which include a catchment surface, conveyance system, storage, distribution, and treatment. 

The parts shown are:

  • Catchment Area
  • Filter
  • Main Tank
  • Sand Filter
  • Rainwater Storage Tank
  • Pump
  • Building
  • Tubes

 

Our water supplies are limited. With more than half of outdoor water used for lawns and gardens, a few simple steps can reduce your outdoor water consumption. Water conservation has become an essential practice in all regions, even in areas where water seems abundant. In addition to saving money on your utility bill, water conservation helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes, rivers and local watersheds.

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Saving water makes sense! Contact Digital Rain Sprinkler Service today to discuss water harvesting options.
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Tips to Help You Use Water Efficiently Outdoors

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The greatest waste of watering is watering too much, too often. Use these tips to water your landscape efficiently this summer.

1. Adjust your sprinklers so that they’re watering your lawn and garden, and not the street or sidewalk.

2. Water early in the morning (before 10a.m) or later in the evening (after 6 p.m.) when temperatures are cooler and evaporation is minimized.

3. Set it, but don’t forget it! Whether you have a manual or automatic system, be sure to adjust your watering schedules throughout the irrigation season.

4. Water established lawns about 1 inch per week (a bit more during hot, dry weather).

5. Inspect your overall irrigation system for leaks, broken lines or blockage in the lines. A well maintained system will save you money, water, and time.

6. Consider replacing some turf area with low water use plants and grasses. They are easier to maintain than turf, look beautiful, and require far less water.

7. Group plants with similar needs. Creating “watering zones” in your garden will allow you to give each plant the water it requires — not too much or too little.

8. Add a shut-off nozzle to your garden hose and save about 5-7 gallons each minute your hose is on.

9. Adjust your mower to a higher setting. Adjust your lawn mower to the height of 1.5 to 2 inches. Taller grass shades roots and holds soil moisture better than short grass. Leave lawn clippings on your grass, this cools the ground and holds in moisture.

10. Apply the amount of water your soil can absorb. Water thoroughly, but infrequently. If run off or puddling occurs, break longer watering sessions into several short sessions allowing water to soak into the soil between each session.

11. Remember to weed your lawn and garden regularly. Weeds compete with other plants for nutrients, light and water.

12. While fertilizers promote plant growth, they also increase water consumption. Apply the minimum amount of fertilizer needed.

13. Hire a qualified professional to install your irrigation system and keep it working properly and efficiently.

14. Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots, where it’s needed. Digital Rain Sprinkler Service can help with installation of a drip irrigation system. Call 402-934-7900 for more information.

Our water supplies are limited. With more than half of outdoor water used for lawns and gardens, a few simple steps can reduce your outdoor water consumption. Water conservation has become an essential practice in all regions, even in areas where water seems abundant. In addition to saving money on your utility bill, water conservation helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes, rivers and local watersheds.

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Saving water makes sense! Contact Digital Rain Sprinkler Service today and let’s get started with your new irrigation system.

Mid-Season–Conserve Water!

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Things can changes between Spring and Summer. Whether caused by kids playing in your yard or any of numerous home improvement projects (not to mention unpredictable weather), there are numerous things that can impact the effectiveness of your irrigation system. During July and August, our technicians can come out and ensure that your system is performing to optimum levels.

Mid-Season Inspection Includes:

Inspect over-all performance
Re-adjust sprinkler heads
Check for leaks and seeping
Adjust controller/timer for seasonal weather
Move, raise, or lower sprinkler heads due to changing landscape

Wasting Water is Costly

water-More than 40 percent of residential irrigation water is lost due to evaporation, runoff, overwatering, or improper system design/installation/maintenance. Save money, time and natural resources when you keep your system in tip-top condition with a mid-season inspection.

Cutting irrigation waste will make a huge positive impact on the environment. Read more about water conservation , find water conservation tips and news on other important water issues here. Put every drop of water to work by minimizing evaporation and waste.

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Make maintaining your yard easy and convenient:

You may want to consider going high tech with one of the newer ‘smart’ timers. These new devices strategically control when the system waters and they are designed to conserve water. These timers will automatically update your watering schedule to allow for changes in water needs throughout the year. A smart controller will automatically reduce the watering times as the weather gets cooler and less water is needed. Then as the weather begins to warm up, the controller will add more watering time. The way this typically works is that you set the controller for a default maximum watering time, based on the hottest time of year. Then the controller reduces that time amount by a percentage value when less water is needed.

Contact Digital Rain Sprinkler Service at (402) 934-7900 or visit our website to schedule a free estimate on a system install or to find out what you can do to make your existing system more efficient. We welcome commercial and residential clients. We are always more than happy to answer any questions that you may have and to provide you with all of the information you need.

Sprinkler System Spring Start-Up Checklist

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With the warmer weather here, it’s time to begin your sprinkler system start up and start watering again. Turning on your sprinkler system for the season is a little more involved than just flipping a switch or turning a handle. This is the best time to run through the system and adjust or replace any misaligned or broken heads.

Run the entire sprinkler system, one zone at a time. As you do this, check for:

  • Clogged nozzles and sprinkler heads.
  • Signs of leakage, especially damage to sprinkler heads or piping which could have occurred over the winter.
  • Accurate spray patterns. Your sprinkler heads may need to be adjusted so they water your landscape and not sidewalks or pavement.

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Choosing a professional irrigation company to complete your start up is recommended for the following reasons:

  • Professionals are trained and experienced to find leaks that others may not notice.
  • They can suggest improvements or repairs for your irrigation system that will save you money.
  • Best of all, it’s a headache free experience that can save you a lot of time.

During a typical start up you can expect a professional company to complete the following tasks:

  • Turn on your irrigation system water source.
  • Check the whole system and backflow prevention device for leaks.
  • Ensure each zone is providing complete water coverage and adjust individual heads as needed.
  • If you have a rain sensor they will check on it to make it works properly.
  • Program the irrigation system controller with season appropriate settings.

Remember, it is always best to hire a qualified professional contractor when performing tasks like Spring Start-Up. Digital Rain Sprinkler System technicians  are experts in proper sprinkler system requirements. Our maintenance schedule will ensure a water-efficient system and years of trouble-free operation.

  • Checking lines and heads for leak
  • Checking heads for proper operation and adjusting as needed
  • Testing rain sensors (if applicable)
  • Setting control start and zone run times (for spring watering)
  • Completing minor repairs needed

Taking these simple steps for spring irrigation start up, you can avoid disastrous water wastes and replacing potentially expensive sprinkler parts. We are always more than happy to answer any questions that you may have and to provide you with all of the information you need. Call us today 402-934-7900 or visit our website now.

Summer, here we come!

Save Time and Money… and Water!

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A professionally installed, automatic sprinkler system is one of the best investments you can make in your home. There’s no easier or more cost-effective way to beautify your home, increase its value, and save yourself time and money.

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Residential outdoor water use in the United States accounts for more than 9 billion gallons of water each day, mainly for landscape irrigation. Experts estimate that as much as 50 percent of this water is wasted due to over watering caused by inefficiencies in irrigation methods and systems. Irrigation control technologies can significantly reduce over watering by applying water only when plants need it.

 

Other Ways to Save

Smart Controllers act like a thermostat for your sprinkler system, telling it when to turn on and off. Use local weather and landscape conditions to tailor watering schedules to actual conditions on the site.

Water Deep Shallow watering only wets the soil surface and water doesn’t have a chance to soak in. This results in a shallow root base and allows the sun to steal your water through evaporation. The recommended amount of precipitation for lawn areas is 1/2″ of water every 3 days. The experts say 1″ of water weekly.  The result is a hardy lawn with a deeper root base that is less susceptible to environmental stresses.

Consider Drip Irrigation
Studies show that drip irrigation systems use 30 – 50% less water than conventional watering methods, such as sprinklers.

Rainwater Harvesting Collecting rainwater just makes sense: It conserves a precious resource and reduces water bills, including city sewer charges. You can avoid strict watering schedules while alleviating the demand on municipal systems. Using rainwater means no chemicals have been added. It is possible to reduce your fertilizer use and stay happy and healthy!

Contact Digital Rain Sprinkler Service to schedule a free estimate on a system install or to find out what you can do to make your existing system more efficient. We welcome commercial and residential clients. We are always more than happy to answer any questions that you may have and to provide you with all of the information you need to make a decision when purchasing your new system.  402-934-7900