Irrigation system advice

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by MikeBuild, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. MikeBuild

    MikeBuild LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    Looking for some advice ...

    Need to design and install a residential irrigation system. The water source will be via a tank and pump, beings that the “well system” (2 party) is inadequate to supply any kind of irrigation system. I know it’s recommended that you first calculate your available water supply in order to design the irr. System. So, am I better off selecting a pump and then designing the zones or design the zones and selecting a pump to match? For optimum pump performance, it should not cycle on and off, it should run constant during each zone. (correct?) So, if I design each zone to require the same GPM, I should be able to select a pump that would function correctly for this system ... yes/no?

    And ...
    If a pump has an outlet size of say 1” ... is there any benefit to running a main supply line larger than 1”, say 1 ¼” ( to decrease friction loss due to long distance or grade/head)? I know there are calcs to figure out friction loss in main supply lines and laterals, but is there a “rule of thumb” that typically applies? Do you calc. lateral pipe size per system or run a particular size pipe for all jobs?

    And.... (one more)
    Any good sources for info online pertaining to the above?

  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,752

    Start with numbers. Area being irrigated. Both parties. Details on supply. Available flow and pressure.
  3. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 27,061

    You need to start with the tank and its replenishment rate, work from there.

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