Representatives from industry suppliers/manufacturers expand on proper irrigation practices for athletic fields:

Chris Dimmick | Senior Area Specification Manager

Rain Bird CorporationChrisDimmick_RainBird

How can athletic field managers most efficiently manage their water supply to maximize irrigation practices, and what trends have you seen regarding irrigation on athletic fields? 

“Typically, athletic fields should get anywhere between 1 and 1.5 inches of water per week, depending on the turf type, soil type and climate. By considering those factors, along with the area to be irrigated, the water supply requirement can then be determined, whether it be a domestic supply or if pumping from an alternative source, such as a pond or lake. From there, it’s about utilizing irrigation control systems that are capable of activating multiple areas or zones simultaneously. That maximizes the available water supply, condensing the water window or overall run-time of the system as compared to watering an individual area or zone separately. Currently trending in athletic field irrigation are cloud- or web-based irrigation control systems that give end users the ability to monitor, operate and change the system remotely. When the proper irrigation system components are installed, web-based systems can automatically identify problems and react to them, preventing potentially catastrophic amounts of wasted water.