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drip system on a pump

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Northern, May 25, 2004.

  1. Northern

    Northern LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    I need to install a simple drip system on an irrigation system that is being pumped from a lake. I know that a sprinkler system is designed to try to avoid the pump cycling, turning on and off constantly, by matching the output of the pump to the output of the sprinkler heads. How do I do this on a drip system or is this something I should be concerned about?
  2. DGI

    DGI LawnSite Member
    from SE Mich
    Messages: 173

    How simple of a drip system? Specs as in estimated GPH are important.
  3. Northern

    Northern LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    probably about 5 GPH, but there is a chance of needing to expand that later to about 15 GPH.
  4. chipk1

    chipk1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 398

    Hope you have a good filtering system in that water supply.
  5. Fatheroftwo

    Fatheroftwo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    You may want to bleed the rest of the water some where else. Or tie two zones together, one with the drip and another with rotors or sprayers.
  6. DGI

    DGI LawnSite Member
    from SE Mich
    Messages: 173

    Is there any reason why you can't just hook that up to the house tap? That's far too little for most any pump.
  7. MikeK

    MikeK LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    #1 rule with drip, don't ever install it on a lake system. The alge in the water will plug the emitters in a few weeks and you will be all done.
    It is not cost effective to try to filter the water, you would have to use a sand filter and treat the water with chlorine to make it work. I like the other gentelmans Idea and use the home's water supply for the Drip.
    Chances are, they are on a well. If you do thins. I would recommend installing a second filter in the basement to take out the larger rust and sand particles.
    Good Luck!
  8. Northern

    Northern LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    Thanks for the help guys!

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