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Monday, April 1st 2002, 11:51am


Hi I'm looking to put a sprinkler system in my yard. I live on a lake and checked with local authorities and I can pump directly out of my lake. So this brings me to my next step in this project. Im looking for a pump that can take some abuse from the weather, it will be housed in a pump house, but the wave action at time to time, (not very often)will probably flood it out.

Second, I need sprinkler heads that will not clog up from the summer algea that grows.

Any Hints are suggestions

Thanks Tom


Active Member


Monday, May 21st 2007, 2:51pm

first of all, if waves are a problem put the pump up on a platform (a platform built on top of 4 4x4 posts. also put electrical outlets and or switches at raised level, second, algae shouldn't be a problem with pop up rotors or sprays if the intake is filtered.


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Location: FT. Walton Beach, Florida


Monday, May 21st 2007, 3:08pm

Use a submersible pump and put it in the lake. Use a self-cleaning screen and algae will never be a problem.
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Location: Metro NYC


Monday, May 21st 2007, 5:25pm

Some states will not allow the use of a submersible pump in a lake. Electrocution concerns is the reason they give. A good shallow well jet pump is an easy choice. There is one kind of sprinkler head that is just about algae-proof, and that's the impact head. If you have concerns about cruddy water, then impact heads should be considered. If you can filter the water enough for it to be clear, than gear drive heads like a Hunter PGP will also be effective. Same idea with valves. If I can filter the water through a 100 mesh screen, I can use clean water valves. If I can't clean the water enough, then more expensive zone valves are needed, to work reliably with dirtier water.

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