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MP rotators plugging on river water.

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by jcom, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. jcom

    jcom LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 791

    We hooked up one zone of rotators on a river pump and some are starting to plug.

    We are irrigating an area about 100' by 16' and found that regular spray nozzles were too much for the pump on one zone so swapped with rotators.

    Any ideas as to other options? We pulled the screens on a couple and seems to be a small buildup of algae like stuff on it.

    Will probably all plug in time.

  2. Waterit

    Waterit LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,929

    1. Filter water
    2. Break sprays into 2 zones, although you'll still have to #1
  3. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 49,446

    Two zones - use brass nozzles (big ones) on 1800 bodies, and maybe leave off the strainers.
  4. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 22,737

    MPs are the wrong choice for your application, as are Toro Stream-Rotors or any other
    small orifice head. Like Boots said, brass (not plastic, impossible to clean) nozzles with no strainers
    is your answer.
  5. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,052

    god bless the stream rotAr
  6. jcom

    jcom LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 791

    Thanks for the assist. I have not used brass nozzles before so will look into it.

    We do service a river pump property nearby installed by another firm and it is using 1804 w' 8H nozzles and have been no problems for years.

    PGP's on the remainder of the MP's property. Is a filter still necessary if we switch to brass nozzles w/ no screens.

  7. anthonyslandscaping

    anthonyslandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    MP's require clean water to function properly. If you want to keep it a one zone system using the MP's then I suggest adding a filter before the valve.
  8. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 22,737


    Messages: 18,668

    Be nice Mike

    Doesn't this sound like a blues song title?

    MP rotators plugging on river water
  10. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 22,737

    Blues for me, looks like I might get the biz back. :cry:

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