• Anglian, Southern and Thames Water are to end thier hosepipe bans from midnight on 13th June, following the wet weather. The four other water compaines: South East Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water, Veolia Water Central and Veolia Water Southeast have confirmed their hosepipe bans remain in place due to low levels of groundwater.

  •   "Embattled landscaping, turf and gardening businesses were made exempt from the ‘hosepipe ban’ today after it was confirmed that record rainfall had reduced the severity of the ongoing water shortage in the South and East of England.   The adjustment to the Temporary Use Bans imposed by Thames Water and six other companies will allow gardening businesses to use hosepipes to water newly laid turf and plants, for up to 28 days." Quoted from the Thames Water website. For the full information, click the link below. Thames Water website

  • Barbed fittings are a neat and low cost method of putting fittings into low pressure irrigation systems such as border drip lines. Provided the components are of a good quality and the pipe has been warmed prior to being pushed onto the barbs, the fittings will stand 4 bar pressure without blowing off. Generally speaking there is no need to add jubilee type clips to the outside of the barbed fitting. The disadvantage of using a jubilee clip is that the fitting becomes bulky and ugly and also if the clip is tightened up too much, the barbed fitting can be cracked - causing the very problem the jubilee clip was meant to prevent! For this reason, we do not recommend the use of jubilee type clips on barbed fittings. If you do have a situation where it is vitally important that the fittings do not come off - for example drip lines under a sudum blanked on a green roof - then we recommend our Pozilock range of fittings. The Pozilock fitting consists of an inner fitting with a barb and an outer compression ring. The pipe is pushed over the barb (no warming of the pipe is necessary) then the grip ring is tightened over the top of the barb. As there is only a single inner barb, the fitting is quicker to make up than a traditional barbed fitting but is much more secure. The fitting also looks much neater than a barbed fitting and jubilee clip.

  • Under previous 'hosepipe bans' only the washing of cars and the watering of domestic gardens was restricted. The 2012 restrictions however use new legislation that has been passed since the last drought. This widens the scope of the restrictions and now covers sports pitches that are not used for international matches. These new restrictions will adversely affect club level rugby, football and bowls clubs. One method of circumventing the restrictions is to fill storage tanks from rainwater caught off the clubhouse roofs. This requires and investment in larger tanks and some infrastructure, but will pay back the cost of the equipment by being able to use the free water source. With mains water costing £1.50 per cubic meter in some places, the cost of a large galvanised storage tank can be paid back in just a few seasons.

  • Only a few years ago, if you needed professional level reliability in an irrigation controller, then it was necessary to invest in a mains powered controller. Battery controllers were generally seen as being less reliable, only able to handle single watering zones. The latest generation of battery valves from Israeli manufacturer Galcon changes all this. Based on the agricultural controller technology, the new range of controllers are fully waterproof, can handle up to 4 watering zones and have a single battery that lasts and entire year. In addition a rain sensor can be wired into the unit. The Galcon is available either pre-wired with a single latching solenoid valve, or with up to 4 separate valves.

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