How Lower Volume Nozzles Could Benefit Your Irrigation System
The fountains at the Bellagio, Las Vegas, are world famous. They are designed to take you away from stress and trouble with their combination of dancing water, music and light. They are not, however, designed to keep you from gambling.
Each performance is a unique interpretation of a classic piece of music. Their definition of classic covers a broad spectrum: Mozart, Glenn Miller, the Beatles and more. I hope they are working on Hank Williams. That might take a while. His work is pretty complicated.
If you can’t make it to the Bellagio, bring the fountains to you. Get stream rotors for your yard. You will enjoy the relaxing show and you will water your yard at the same time. Having a beautiful yard helps you relax even more. You benefit in many ways.
Stream rotors are different from standard rotors in that, instead of blasting a great deal of water out of one nozzle, they produce multiple streams of water of lower volume. These streams come out at different angles, some high, some low, ensuring even coverage. If you have sloped land the slow, even coverage minimizes the chance of water runoff. Blasting gallons of water every minute at sloped land just encourages runoff, as the soil cannot absorb the water as fast as it is applied.
In traditional stream rotors the Toro 340 is the answer. Designed to replace impact or gear driven rotors with an inlet it covers from 15 to 30 feet. It also has 9 easily set patterns to cover most any area. Great coverage, great application.
Don’t have a commercial application? Looking for the Bellagio effect at your home? No problem. In the last few years, a number of manufacturers have developed stream rotors that fit standard pop-up spray assemblies. The stream nozzles simply swap out with the standard spray nozzles and you are in business. Rain Bird and Hunter have every situation covered.
Not sure why you want to get rid of your old nozzles? Two good reasons come to mind. First, the stream nozzles cover up to 30 feet, where spray nozzles stop around 15 to 17 feet. This means that in many systems you can have the same coverage while eliminating a number of heads, saving water. Second, stream nozzles are not as sensitive to breezes as spray nozzles. The droplets are bigger and heavier; they go where they should when standard sprays are being blown away. Wait, I’ll add a third, no charge. A zone with stream rotors can use 30% to 40% less water for the same coverage. Less water = less money.
The reason for their efficiency lies in their pattern. Small streams, slow application and constant, even movement add up to more consistent, usable irrigation. Take a look at the spray pattern below.
Notice how closely it matches the Bellagio fountain pattern? Quality knows quality.
So turn on the stream nozzles, add music, sit back and enjoy the show. You can charge your neighbor’s admission if you wish. After all, look at the money you saved them by bringing the Bellagio to them.