With the start of a new year, like many of you, I reflected back on the last few years and – because it’s all I know – irrigation specifically. After much reflection and overthinking, I came up with my 2016 golf irrigation wish list. Disclaimer: This wish list is that of an opinionated irrigation geek and most likely other factors should have been considered, but what the hell. If I threw your collective industry group under a bus, my apologies in advance. Here is my list:
- That contractors actually read the irrigation specifications and look at the details before and during installation of the system.
- That sales people realize their product is not always the best out there and to not make believe it is when it isn’t.
- That a pump station communicates with an irrigation control system no matter who makes the pump station – many other industries do it, why can’t irrigation?
- That there be a sprinkler manufactured for every golf application.
- That products actually do what they are supposed to.
- When product problems occur, first the manufacturer admits there is a problem and then they take care of the problem quickly.
- That a flow meter reads the correct flow.
- That restoring turf to grade after trenching means the same grade it was originally trenched from.
- That compacting a trench actually keeps it from settling.
- That a valve box be installed so you can actually get to and service the valve through it.
- That a controller be wired so you can understand how it was wired.
- That the central control pipe hydraulic database actually include more than just the flow at the pump station.
- That someone actually measures the resistance to ground of the grounding grids.
- That at GIS the new products are displayed so you can easily see them instead of being hidden away in a cubicle that no one can get to without a prior appointment, photo ID and passing through a metal detector.
- That a sales person actually listens to the question before giving you the wrong answer.
- That when the contract says “the contractor cannot use any of the course’s equipment,” that means the contractor should not ask/try to use any of the course’s equipment.
- That wire connectors be waterproof.
- That a swing joint be installed at a positive angle and not level or at a negative angle from the pipe.
- That thrust blocks be installed against the fitting and not just to just keep the fitting from ever being seen again.
- When turning a pipe more than 20 degrees, that a fitting be used.
- That a controller be wired in a sequence that makes sense to someone, preferably the golf course superintendent.
- That people understand electrical tape is not waterproof.
- That PVC primer is necessary.
- That HDPE pipe needs to have the proper pressure rating and the proper fittings to go along with that pressure rating.
- That there can never be enough isolation.
- That quick couplers always be installed so the key can be inserted in them.
I guess I am just a dreamer, but I guy can hope... miracles do happen.
, the 2009 EPA WaterSense Irrigation Partner of the Year, is president of Irrigation Consulting Inc., a golf course irrigation design and consulting firm headquartered in Pepperell, Mass., that designs irrigation systems throughout the world. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978/433-8972.