Irrigation Water Sources

  • Well Water
  • Potable
  • Lake, Pond or River
  • Rain Water

Sprinkler System Design

This web site was constructed as an informational tool for the do-it-yourselfer who has a desire to install a properly designed sprinkler system.

Carefully study the different design ideas presented on this site to see which one best meets your specific needs.

Keep in mind that an improperly designed system can waste time, money and our most valuable resource WATER!

Listed here are the questions most important to selecting the type of system you need. What is my water source?

Sprinkler System

City or “potable” water – This is the easiest option to attain, but it can come at a big price. In dry hot weather, where there is a need to irrigate several days per week, your water bill can go up hundreds of dollars. Some water districts allow a separate meter for irrigation. With the second meter the customer does not get charged a sewer fee but it could cost more than $1000.00 to have it installed.

Well water – If a good well is available on your property, once the well is in, it’s free water! This can be risky though, due to the fact most well drillers these days will not offer any guarantee that the hole they put in the ground will produce water. You could end up spending thousands for a dry hole in the ground! Make sure you understand the drillers policy prior to entering into a contract. Also, ask around and find out which driller has the most experience in your area. Remember, once the well is drilled that has water available, there is still a pump, motor, piping and the electrical controls to get that water out of the ground.

Lake, Pond or River – This is the best option if the body of water does not require a permit to extract it for personal use. Permitting can get ugly depending on what Government entity you are dealing with and you will have to keep accurate records of the total water used on a monthly or annual basis. If the water is on your property exclusively then you are free to install a pump and your irrigation system. When installing a pump always consider rising water events due to heavy rainfall. Make sure your pump and motor will remain high and dry by placing it well above flood stage. If your body of water has a major spill way to deal with these events record the elevation of the spill way and then use that reference to put you pump 2 feet higher than that.

Rain water collection –This design is becoming more and more popular where there are mandatory watering restrictions and for people who want to have a quote “Green” system that does not infringe on the normal water supplies listed above. If desired you can have a back up tie in to potable water in times where has been no rain for extended periods. This system uses a large tank buried in the ground similar to a septic tank. The tank is supplied water by an extensive drainage system that catches rain water in many different locations on the property. It  can be fairly expensive due to the fact you still need a pump to use the water in the tank. One negative, aside from the expense and limited water is the amount of debris that can potentially get into the tank and then possibly the pump. Irrigation pumps do not like to pump debris only water!   

System Designs