Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Spring Irrigation start-up

Every spring we start up the irrigation system at Metamora Golf and Country Club. Unlike fall when we remove the water with a large air compressor we fill the entire system with water. It typically takes us an entire day to fill the system with water and get things under operating pressure. In the spring, soils are soft and if you rush the start up, pipe, fitting and heads can move and leaks can be the result. Several days are then spent removing air, testing the irrigation satellites and the sprinkler heads themselves. Another thing I like to do is inspect isolation valves. These valves are used to shut off water to certain areas of the golf course so repairs can be made with out shutting down the entire system. We also use spring time to make sure we are stocked with the proper repair parts, when leaks or other problems with the system arise. Below are several pictures.

Leak from late last fall being dug for repair
Isolation valve top being cleaned

Valve boxes leveled
Sprinkler heads on #13 being tested

Broken valve box removed

New valve box instillation
Irrigation parts inventory

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