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A show every TX irrigator should watch.

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by FIMCO-MEISTER, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. Not sure when it airs again but I fortunately had my DVR set for it. If you wonder how we ended up with all these new regulations I think this program will help you understand all the entities involved. Dallas definitely gets a black eye for trying to destroy the Neches River watershed.
    48 million people in TX within 50 years. Double our current population.

    Texas State of Flowing Water

  2. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,108

    I ended up missing that show because the "PBS" station in the Eagle Pass La Quinta is a Spanish channel instead of PBS! :mad:
  3. Put the DVD on your wish list. Not a bad DVD to own to help close a big sell on a water conservation install.
  4. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,108

    I see that the website says to check back on Friday the 20th to see the full show online. Cool!
  5. Another great read. As luxury driven landscape irrigators I'm thinking our services will slowly become a rich man's toy. Even then the State may not allow residential irrigation under the explanation of spreading misery evenly.

  6. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,976

    It's always been like that, at least to pull-off the cool stuff.payup
  7. Well actually Mike the way I see it during the 50s and early 60s when copper was the piping material it was cheaper to buy a car than a sprinkler system. I've seen and dug lots of attempts from those days to make irrigation a purchase for the masses. The last 40 years with pvc and an expanded pool of installers it has dropped in price and expanded its market size. Now that is going in reverse. I suspect builders will stop adding them to new homes. Talked to a guy recently who did builder work and said one of his builders decided to drop the system part and let it be a homeowner purchase.
  8. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,976

    Which may be a good thing, in my experience, builders claim to have about
    five bucks for irrigation; we are the last-on-site sub, after all. I'd much rather
    deal with a LA or homeowner where you can sell the system on quality, rather
    than price.
  9. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    Yup. Most systems here that are installed with the brand new homes by the builders, are junk. Most will only do the front yard, and let you do the back how you want. But whoever they have do the fronts is horrible. Stretched zones, mixed heads, no room at manifold to easily add onto it, not enough wire for back zones, weak head-to-head. These guys make minimal on this kind of job, so they make it up in volume. :)

    counter guy at my supplier told me of a guy that was doing installs for a builder. In 2007 he had 6-8 guys. In 2008, it was himself and one guy, and he didn't have enough work.

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