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waterpilot

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Posts: 13

Location: USA

1

Thursday, March 11th 2004, 4:22am

using two water sources

I am currently in the late planning stages of my sprinkler system. I have a small spring fed pond that I would like to use as my primary water source with the city water as a back-up. The pond is within 70 feet of an electrical source, so hooking up a pump should not be a problem. My city water main is on the other side of the house and I am unsure how to connect the systems so that I can switch back and forth between water sources. Any ideas? Am I looking for problems using pond water for my lawn - simple screen filtered? What size pump do you recommend to pull water from the pond and disperse in the system (prefer to have non-submersible)?

nestors

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Posts: 109

Location: USA

2

Friday, March 12th 2004, 11:49am

Don't do it , you might save some water money but you will have many problems from filtering to unclogging your valves ,freezing in winter ,priming when water gets low etc. , just hook up to main water install a rain sensor so you don't water when raining and use a electronic timer so you can jump from zone 1 to zone 4 etc.

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waterpilot

Active Member

Posts: 13

Location: USA

3

Monday, March 15th 2004, 8:25am

thanks - I guess I was trying to save a buck or two, but if you think the headache is inevitable, I'll go with the main hook-up.

aquamatic

Advanced Member

Posts: 230

Location: USA

4

Monday, March 15th 2004, 2:21pm

I know if few customers that have tried a dual water source and it never works properly. Design is configured to a specific volume and pressure from yoru water source. There is no way you will ever get 2 types of sources to perform the exactly the same.

waterpilot

Active Member

Posts: 13

Location: USA

5

Wednesday, March 17th 2004, 7:01am

Several "outsiders" have tried to talk me into watering my lawn more efficiently. But, I guess the aggrivation isn't worth the money saved. Are most systems now installed with auto-feeding units? I'm considering it - any concerns I should have (clogs, dispertion, etc.)?

RVLI

Supreme Member

Posts: 460

Location: USA

6

Wednesday, March 17th 2004, 1:34pm

Auto Feeding meaning fertigation?

I love the Fertigator, really nice product, and will not clog.

waterpilot

Active Member

Posts: 13

Location: USA

7

Friday, March 19th 2004, 6:43am

I had my local Rainbird supplier out to help me plan out the system. Paying a little extra for his expertise wouldn't bother me so much except for the fact that he left me with a $900 to $1100 estimate - his actual estimate came in at over $1800. I think this is excessive. Who has honest to goodness prices out there?

RVLI

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Posts: 460

Location: USA

8

Friday, March 19th 2004, 2:32pm

Did he come look at the property or was it over the phone?

A big no no for professionals is to give estimates over the phone. Homeowners should stay away from those kinds of contractors.

waterpilot

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Posts: 13

Location: USA

9

Saturday, March 20th 2004, 1:57am

He did come to the property. He even flagged out where the sprinkler heads would be. He seemed confident in his price before he left. That's the reason I'm a little shocked over his estimate. $700 more and I can have the system installed from another company that came out and gave me an estimate. I have been on-line to search some suppliers. I am finding some cheaper prices out there.

aquamatic

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Posts: 230

Location: USA

10

Saturday, March 20th 2004, 9:35am

He might be 700 more but have you matched his products against the other bids. Be sure to compare apples to apples. There could be a good reason why he is higher. Also compare the labor and parts warranty. There are alot of contarctors that do not offer the full manufacturers waranty.

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