Month: May 2012

Orbit Sprinkler System Designer

underground sprinkler head

The Orbit Sprinkler System Designer™ is a unique combination of technology and Orbit’s high-quality irrigation products and service.  It is the world’s first and only online, real-time, free sprinkler system design tool.

What does it do?

In a few easy steps the Orbit Sprinkler System Designer™ allows you to design a personalized sprinkler system based on your own property.  When your design is complete you will have a visual plan to follow in addition to a parts list, price estimate, and instillation instructions.  The parts list is compatible with all hardware/home improvement stores, so you’ll be able to find just what you need wherever you are.

What does it cost?

The Orbit Sprinkler System Designer™ is absolutely free.  This same service can cost between $20-50 if contracted to a local irrigation store.

How do I get started?

Visit the Orbit Sprinkler System Designer™ website.

Once you are on the website, you can begin planning your sprinkler system by establishing the dimensions of your property.  One of the most popular features is the ability to import a Google Maps image of your property and trace directly over it.

From there all you need to do is follow the simple steps laid out on the screen.  You will be prompted to indicate the areas you don’t want watered as well as areas with special watering needs.  The designer will help you lay out system features, determine flow rate, and let you know the number of manifolds you will need.

At this point you can immediately view your arcs, head placement, and piping layout.

When you are satisfied with your design, you can view the estimated price for your new system and print the necessary parts list.

What if I have questions?

If you have design or installation questions, you can call one of our sprinkler design experts at: 1 (866) 694-7913.  Questions concerning products or the running and maintenance of your system can be answered by our technical support associates at: 1 (800) 488-6156.

Or, you can check out some of our frequently asked questions here.

Join us!

No matter where you are in the process, Orbit is dedicated to delivering quality products and our continued support.  So join us and start designing today!

Water Conservation – Save Water and Money

Are you interested in water conservation?  Do you want to save money?  Just interested in having a beautiful yard?

You can save water and money.  Here’s how:

  • Start your sprinkler system right—inspect, repair, and adjust
  • Set your sprinkler timer schedule—aim to apply about 1”-1.5” of water per week during cooler months
  • Adjust your watering frequency—depending on the time of year, soil type, and plant needs

How much water am I using?

Sprinkler heads release water at the rate of about 1.5 to 3 Gallons per Minute (GPM).  So let’s say that you have 50 sprinkler heads releasing water at 3 GPM.  That means you are using 150 gallons of water per minute!  Now, run your sprinklers for 20 minutes and how much water are you using?

The answer: 3000 gallons of water!

What could I do with 3000 gallons of water?

That’s enough to fill: a 4’ x 18’ swimming pool (1900 Gal), a 4-person hot tub (700 Gal), and 10 bath tubs (400 Gal)!

Bigger isn’t Always Better

Many nutritionists suggest that eating smaller meals more frequently is better for your health.  In a similar way, it may be beneficial to break up watering duration for each zone into multiple cycles for optimal absorption.

As always, each yard is unique.  Consider your individual needs and factors—season, climate, plant and soil types, and other similar influences—for the best results.

Want to Learn More about Conservation?

Orbit believes in Conservation through Innovation.  With an increased awareness of our water usage and some easy adjustments we believe that everyone can have beautiful, eco-friendly yards.

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