Having a pond or a water feature in your back yard is relaxing and adds charm to most any property. Ponds are also versatile. You can stock them with fish and beautiful aquatic plants or simply enjoy their restful and decorative effect. However, one of the few problems commonly associated with backyard ponds is losing water. While some evaporation is to be expected, a rapid decline in the water level can be a symptom of a more serious problem. Losing water in your pond can also be expensive and put your fish and aquatic plants at risk.
Why is my pond losing water?
- There’s a leak in your pond plumbing. While a pond may look natural, it actually operates with a plumbing system that circulates the water and allows you to add water easily. If leak develops in a pipe or fitting, your water level will decline.
- There’s a leak in your pond liner. Some ponds use a soft vinyl liner; others have a hard shell liner. Either way, if this liner is punctured, you’ll start losing water out of your pond.
- The edges of your pond liner have become unattached. Many pond liners are secured by tucking the edges of the liner underneath rocks that line the perimeter of the pond. If one or more of these rocks becomes dislodged, water can escape from the pond into the ground surrounding the pond.
If you notice your pond losing more water than can be explained by evaporation, you need to have a pond specialist evaluate the situation. Ignoring the problem can not only cost you extra dollars on your water bill, but also can cause your fish and pond plants to suffer and even die. To learn more about keeping your pond from losing water and/or repairing an existing leak, contact W.P. Law, Inc. We’ve built our company on finding economical solutions to our customer’s problems.
When selecting a pump for your agricultural, industrial, or residential irrigation needs the details matter. Today, it is more important than ever to focus on an energy efficient solution to your pumping needs. There are solutions available to fit just about any application. So before you head out to buy a new pump take these tips into consideration.
#1: Get the fitting just right
A common mistake when it comes to pump installation is choosing one that will “probably do the job.” Instead, invest the time to ensure you have a pump that fits your specific application. It sounds simplistic, but choosing a pump that is properly selected and sized for your application, will help to naturally reduce the amount of energy required to operate it.
#2: Consider other system components
The pump might be the heart of the system, but other components in the piping system have an effect on the pump size and operation. Improperly sized components such as piping, control valves, and suction strainers can create high friction loss values that require a larger pump. Of course a larger pump means higher energy costs. Having properly sized system components can mean big savings over the life of the system.
#3: Compare features
One common misconception is that all pumps are created equal. Many customers mistakenly assume that one 5 horsepower pump is as good as any other 5 horsepower pump. Not true. There can be a wide range of pumping efficiencies between pump models and manufacturers. The type of pump you select can also have an impact on the pumping efficiencies.
#4: Don’t over buy
Bigger is not always better. A pump that is properly sized for your application is always best. However, if you know your system will be expanding in the near future this can be taken into account in the initial sizing process. Control accessories such as a variable frequency drive (VFD) can be used to run the pump at a more efficient operating point on the pump curve. VFD’s are also useful at controlling energy costs when the system has a wide range of flow and pressure requirements.
The good news is you don’t have to go it alone. With the help of the team at W. P. Law, Inc. you can find an energy efficient pump designed just for your application. Let us help you today.
Human society as we know it could not exist without irrigated land. For more than 2,000 years farmers have used irrigation to grow food for hungry populations. This does not mean that all irrigation methods are equally useful, however. Knowing which approach will work best in your situation requires knowing something about the options available, including the advantages and disadvantages of each. With that in mind, here is a look at five things to consider in getting water to your crops:
- Soil type. The type of soil in an area can affect not only the type irrigation method used but also the irrigation run times. Sandy soils typically require frequent applications of water at a high rate to keep moisture in the root zone. Tighter clay soils can hold moisture longer that sandy soils, but may require frequent applications at a lower rate to prevent runoff.
- Land topography. In particular, hilly or sloping land can be a challenge. Drip irrigation works well if the laterals can be run along topographic lines. System run times may need to be adjusted to prevent runoff. Travelers and center pivot systems are usually out of the question on hilly and severely sloping land.
- Local weather patterns. For example, sprinklers are less desirable in areas where high winds are common and in arid areas with a low humidity since water losses due to evaporation can be extremely high. Drip irrigation works well in both of these situations.
- Type of crops grown. Sprinkler and drip systems can require high levels of investment. For this reason, it’s better to reserve their use for high-value crops like vegetables, small fruits and orchard crops rather than applying them to commodity crops like wheat and soybeans.
- Water quality. All drip irrigation systems require some type of filtration. Overhead systems such as sprinklers seldom require filtration. Irrigation water should be tested for water borne pathogens. Depending on the crop grown and irrigation method used chlorine injection may be required. Other water quality issues that may be of a concern include levels of soluble iron and other dissolved minerals.
We hope this article has given you some useful insights into selecting the right irrigation method for your operation. Contact us today to find out more.
Multi-port or 3-way ball valves are found in a variety of fluid handling applications in wide range of industries. Multi-port valves are found in chemical and plating operations, the food and beverage industry, and in waste water treatment facilities just to name a few. These valves can be used in draining, cleaning, feeding, and distribution applications. The benefits of these products include a greatly simplified distribution system and reduced risk of leaks.
Applications and configurations
Multi-port ball valves are typically used in industrial fluid distribution applications. They can be used to mix two different fluids or to divert the flow of fluid from one direction to another. Other applications include use as sampling valves and drainage valves. The ball design in a multi-port ball valve usually has one of two common configurations, the “L” port or the “T” port. Some manufacturers such as Hayward Flow Control have as many as four ball configurations.
Multi-port valves can be equipped with a variety of features:
- Electric or pneumatic actuation
- Position indicators
- Lockout/tag out capability
- Multiple ball configurations
- Multiple material of construction options
These are just some of the many advantages of multi-port valves. Contact us today for more information.