How is the irrigation business in Miami

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by DarkLotus, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. DarkLotus

    DarkLotus LawnSite Member
    from Florida
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    I am looking to relocate to the Miami area and haven't seen much on Monster or any other related sites. While I was down there on vacation, I saw some horrible systems that were an eye sore. Is there a demand for experinced people?

    Also, I've heard that the southern states only use PVC, not Poly. Is this true? Any laws on backflow prevention requiring Pressure back flows as opposed to atmostspheric?


    Any help is much appreciated!
     
  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    Florida probably leads the nation in having secondary water supply systems in place, for feeding sprinkler systems with 'grey' water - you've seen those sprinklers with the purple covers, that warn you the water is not of drinking quality. Backflow probably doesn't matter so much, with secondary water.

    No poly pipe. PVC only.
     
  3. DarkLotus

    DarkLotus LawnSite Member
    from Florida
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    Aye. I understand grey water and the non-potable covers. As for PVC vs. Poly, is that due to the heat down in the southern states? If so, wouldn't the same be true with funny pipe?


    I'd like to learn a few more things before I get down there. I noticed alot of small commercial properties with 2" Febco AVB's.


    Thanks for the reply.
     
  4. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    The AVB might be pretending to be a PVB, or maybe those are one-zone systems from a large water meter.

    PVC is supposed to be cheaper than poly, and doesn't need clamping. In soft sand, some short popup sprays I saw almost were supported by the PVC piping underneath them.
     
  5. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    We use PVC up here in WA, were the climate is pretty temperate.


    I don't think it is a climate thing.
     
  6. DarkLotus

    DarkLotus LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 82

    Wierd to me ;). I know that the price of any poly/pvc changes quite frequently and I have still found that in NJ, the price of poly is cheaper and quicker. No primer, glue or wait time to cure. Servicing poly seems to me to be much easier as well.

    I can see the use of pvc in sandy locations due to the dexterity of the soil, but I can't fathom any other reason for residential properties.


    Just my .02
     
  7. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I looked into SW florida last year and I am still tossing it around, from a business standpoint they require a little more then where I am from. If you are just looking for employment the market is different from NJ but you only live once and if you like tropical weather whats holding you back. I say go for it and don't look back.
     
  8. johnnyaqua

    johnnyaqua LawnSite Member
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    Been in the irrigation business in south florida since 1979.Here's some info the SoFla industry.

    We use pvc very little poly.Mostly trenched very little pulling.

    Pumps and shallow wells are major water source

    Relaimed water is getting big and very regulated.

    Backflow regs vary county to county ... avb,pvb or rpz

    Year round work and lots of it

    My company will do 7 million this year just irrigation.
     
  9. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Kudos to you. In that market can an irrigation only company make it?
     
  10. johnnyaqua

    johnnyaqua LawnSite Member
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    Yes an "irrigation only" company can "make it". All we do is irrigation repair,service and installation. We keep 75 techs busy every day.
     

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