5 Tips When Planning An Outdoor Kitchen Area

When crafting your ideal outdoor living space, you’re overwhelmed with options from modern-style furniture to old-fashioned stones. Obviously, you want to want a space that’s functional. However, you also want the area to wow guests. Here are some factors to consider when choosing the elements in your outdoor kitchen area.

1. Size Matters

What you’re doing with your outdoor kitchen area should reflect in the design. For instance, if you’re going to cook for a large crowd, you need a large space. 

2. Think of Function 

One of the main focal points—and one that’s the most functional—is the grill. You want one that fits your needs. If you don’t grill much and don’t grill foods in large quantities, you don’t need a large grill. You’ll just be wasting space and charcoal or fuel. 

3. What You Grill With Matters

Make sure when you design your area, you think about what you plan on cooking with. You might want to consider a charcoal-gas combination grill if you don’t have a preference or enjoy both.

4. What You Grill 

Take into consideration what you typically grill and what you’d want to grill. You can create an ideal space with burners and multiple-layer grates. Consider if you want space to hang or store your utensils for the convenience of not having to walk in between your home and outdoor kitchen.

5. Location

Location is everything when planning for a kitchen outside. You need to keep in mind whether you want it right off of your home or further away. You need to determine how much landscaping is required in order to create the space. You don’t always want a gigantic project that requires a great deal of time and money. 

You want your dream outdoor cooking space, but you need to take into consideration a few factors. These tips help to optimize the space you have. Not to mention, you must keep in mind your goals during the design phase. To learn about building an outdoor kitchen space in your area, contact the experts at W. P. Law, Inc. today. 

How Do I calculate The Flow of a Well?

A properly functioning well will disperse its contents at the appropriate speed. But, what is the correct flow rate for a well? Whether you own a home that operates on a well or a business that relies on well water, calculating the appropriate flow rate for your well can help you to troubleshoot any potential malfunctions.

Calculating The Flow Rate For A Well

Generally speaking, the flow rate of a well is defined by the rate, measured in gallons per minute, that water can be extracted from the well. Measuring this calculation is a fairly simple task as long as you don’t have a combination well pump and pressure tank. If you simply need to calculate the flow rate for a standard well, then follow these three steps:

1. Measure the flow of the well into a bucket.

2. Be sure to time the flow using an accurate stopwatch.

3. Divide the gallon size of the bucket by the number of seconds it took for the bucket to be filled, then multiply by 60. This will give you the flow rate measured in gallons per minute (gpm).

Let’s say that you used a five-gallon bucket and that the bucket was filled in 45 seconds. Using the formula outlined above, your well flow rate would be: 5 gallons divided by 45 seconds x 60 = 6.6 gallons per minute.

If you have a well with a well pump and pressure tank, then you will need to use a different tactic.

1. Open a faucet until the pump turns on.

2. As soon as the pump turns on, close the faucet so that the pump can fill up the pressure tank. Once the pump has turned back off, begin step three. 

3. Open the faucet into a five-gallon bucket. (you may need more than one bucket) Measure the entirety of the water discharge before the pump turns back on. 

4. As soon as the pump turns on, shut the faucet and use a stopwatch to time the pump cycle.

5. Make a note of the pump cycle time (round to the nearest second) once the pump has turned back off.

6. Divide the total number of gallons collected in step three by the number of seconds calculated in step five.

7. Multiply your answer from step six by 60 to calculate the average pumping capacity, or flow rate, of the pump in gallons per minute. 

Contacting The Well Experts

Are you still wondering if your well is flowing at the correct rate? Are you worried that you might have a clog, a damaged valve, or an inefficient well pump? If so, contact the experts at W.P. Law, Inc. W.P. Law specializes in helping customers identify and resolve issues with their well pumps, controls, and pump valves. With the help of W.P. Law, your well can soon be flowing at the correct gallons per minute rate.

5 Best Applications for Drip Irrigation Systems

Do you have tree or vine crops? Do you own agricultural land in an area with large amounts of sunshine? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, then you should consider using a drip irrigation system to more effectively water your crops.

The Benefits Of Drip Irrigation Systems

Recent studies show that a properly designed drip system can use between 30 – 50 percent less water than traditional watering methods, such as sprinklers. The reason that a drip irrigation system is so effective is that it delivers water directly to the plant’s root zone. This slow delivery allows the plants to absorb the water one drop at a time, which reduces runoff and evaporation. In addition to the roots absorbing the precious water, the soil surrounding the roots is gradually soaked, so that the plants can acquire more water as they need it throughout the day.

One of the final benefits of a drip irrigation system is that leafy plants are not at risk for burning. The sun is more likely to burn crops when traditional watering methods are used on leafy plants. For example, if a sprinkler is used to water grape vines, then the water could sit on the leaves during the hottest part of the day. If that occurs, then the fragile grape leaves can shrivel and turn brown in the scorching sun. A drip irrigation system avoids burning the leaves by dispensing water directly into the root zone and away from the plant’s leaves.

5 Uses For Drip Irrigation Systems

Drip irrigation systems can be used on a wide variety of plants, including:

  1. Low-growing crops, such as: bell peppers, lettuce, beans, and squash;
  2. Grape vines, olive trees, and orchards on irregular landscapes;
  3. Fruits, including: blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries;
  4. Staple crops, such as cotton;
  5. Crops that grow just below the surface in the soil, such as: potatoes, onions, and carrots.

It’s easy to see that not only do drip irrigation systems have a multitude of benefits, but they also have a wide number of agricultural applications.

Ask The Drip Irrigation Experts

Do you need to pick out a new agricultural watering system? If so, ask the irrigation experts at W.P. Law, Inc. Our team of professionals will help you to answer your specific agricultural irrigation questions. Whether you need help picking out the most efficient drip irrigation system or are interested in learning more about other watering methods, the experts at W.P. Law are here to help. Simply contact us with your specific questions, and we will devise a customized solution to meet your needs.

7 Ways To Reuse Wastewater In Your Facility

As the demand for clean water rises with growing populations, industrial facilities are seeking new ways to use this valuable resource. Did you know that recycling wastewater is an innovative resource with financial savings? Reclaimed water offers a number of benefits and costs less to produce than treating water for drinking. See how your facility can experience these benefits below.


1. Industrial Use


Reclaimed wastewater can directly benefit industrial plants in several ways, such as reuse for cooling, boiler feed, and industrial processes.


2. Toilet Flushing


Though odd sounding at first, reclaimed wastewater for toilets is a growing trend in public restrooms and high-rise buildings across the United States. Evidence shows that reclaimed toilet water offers significant financial savings. Industrial plants may also benefit from this in their own restrooms.


3. Landscape and Agricultural Irrigation


The nutrient content in recycled wastewater can be very beneficial for landscaping and agriculture. You may not even need to use as many fertilizer treatments. Consider using this valuable resource to irrigate any landscaping around your industrial plant or commercial development. This simple method of wastewater use cuts costs and helps the environment.


4. Revenue


Recycled wastewater can also be used to generate revenue. Industrial plants can transform sewage into a commodity that can be used or sold to other facilities, such as public parks and agricultural institutions.

5. Create and Enhance Wetlands

Did you know that recycled wastewater can reinforce sensitive wetland ecosystems? It’s true! Supplementing wetlands with recycled water is an excellent way to manage wastewater effluent without harming the environment. Several towns in the United States, such as Incline Village, Nevada, have done this with success. This creative use of wastewater also aids wildlife and educates communities.

6. Golf Course Irrigation

Providing recycled wastewater to golf courses solves common environmental problems in the golfing industry, such as drought. This practice has been used for decades and some golf courses use recycled water for all of their irrigation.

7. Artificial Lakes

Industrial plants can recycle excess wastewater and use it to create artificial lakes. Several existing artificial lakes benefit the environment and have become homes for thousands of wildlife species. Recycled wastewater can also replenish groundwater reservoirs and prevent saltwater intrusion.

Curious to learn how recycled wastewater can benefit your industrial plant? W.P. Law can help. Our skilled fluid handling professionals specialize in saving energy and reducing costs for your success.

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