Irrigation systems are complex systems that should be closely monitored to ensure leaks are quickly detected and corrected. An irrigation system should also have high- and low-pressure sensors that shut down the system in case of breaks and malfunctions. Golf courses without hydraulic pressure-sustaining valves are much more prone to irrigation pipe and fitting breaks because of surges in the system, creating more downtime for older systems.
Best Management Practices
- Monitor water meters or other measuring devices for unusually high or low readings to detect possible leaks or other problems in the system. Make any needed repairs.
- Monitor the system daily for malfunctions and breaks. Log water usage daily.
- Ensure that control systems provide for emergency shutdowns caused by line breaks and allow maximum system scheduling flexibility.