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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Wateringschedule.com Simplifies Savings

Written on June 14, 2013 at 8:20 am, by

If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you’ve noticed we’re talking a lot about wateringschedule.com.  This is our newest development here at Orbit and is a free website that we hope will help people cut back on water usage and make their lawns look better.  What’s not to love about that?

Catch cups and sprinkler audits have been around a long time and are nothing revolutionary.  But in the past they required expensive and inaccurate devices.  After a sample was taken the user had to shuffle through confusing … Read More

Recognize the Signs of Overwatering

Written on June 12, 2013 at 8:10 am, by

Recently, a customer asked one of our representatives why they should perform a sprinkler system audit, like the ones available through wateringschedule.com, when water wasn’t an issue for them.  This customer lived in an area that wasn’t affected by drought conditions, so there were no municipal restrictions being placed on their water.  In fact, for a small flat fee ($100/year in this case) they could use as much water as they wanted.  So why not just water every day?

Well, the answer isn’t what the customer expected.  We all know … Read More

Sprinkler Audits Can Bring Buckets of Savings

Written on June 10, 2013 at 10:46 am, by

A sprinkler audit may be all your system needs to realize big savings

Interval Watering: The Future is Now

Written on June 5, 2013 at 3:41 pm, by

Did you know the average American home uses 3,000 gallons of water per lawn watering?  Irrigation is far and away the highest single activity in the consumption of water.  We’ve heard reports of local homes using 300,000 (yeah, you read that right) gallon of water in a month.  That means they’re watering using an average of 10,000 gallons a day, every single day!  So we’re highlighting a few tips and tools to prevent wasted water.  Today we’ll briefly discuss timers.

Maximize Your Timer’s Performance

Most modern timers allow for interval watering. … Read More

Introducing Wateringschedule.com

Written on June 4, 2013 at 11:28 am, by

Orbit is excited to announce a product designed to greatly improve watering efficiency and conservation: Orbit Catch Cups.  These nifty little cups are used to perform water audits on your lawn.  When used in tandem with our website wateringschedule.com, the perfect watering schedule is just minutes away.

The process is simple.  Just place the cups around your yard and run your sprinklers for a short amount of time.  Record the findings and enter them in to wateringschedule.com, along with your zip code and soil type, and you’ll get a schedule … Read More

Pipes, Boxes, Valves, and Heads

Written on June 3, 2013 at 8:49 pm, by

Now that you are officially an expert in connecting to the water source with backflow protection and pipe placement, we’ll cover the rest of the installation process. We’ll go over how to connect the mainline, install your manifolds, connect each zone, install risers and heads, and connect sprinkler wire. Sounds like a lot, but it really will be easy once you get started.

How to Install the Valve Manifold

The first step to installing your valve manifold is to install a valve box. Select a location that complies with … Read More