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ISO 9001 Accrediation

Access Irrigation is pleased to announce that it has been accredited with the prestigious ISO 9001 quality standard. International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 is the most up-to-update standard of its kind and focuses on quality management systems and performance. It assists companies in developing a management system that aligns quality with their wider business...
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ISO 9001 Accrediation

Hose Pipe Ban Allows Drip Watering

The temporary ban on water use (hosepipe ban) being implemented by United Utilities from 5th August 2018 will ban the use of hosepipes and sprinklers to water domestic gardens. There are however a number of exceptions: Newly Turfed Areas These can be watered for the first 28 days after laying – an efficient sprinkler system will ensure that the...
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Hose Pipe Ban Allows Drip Watering

Water Hammer – its Causes and Solutions

Causes of Water Hammer Like any other moving fluid, flowing water has momentum.  When subjected to a sudden change in flow, shock waves propagate through the system.  This occurrence is referred to as ‘water hammer’.  Flow changes can occur due to the operation of valves, the starting and stopping of pumps, or directional changes caused...
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Water Hammer – its Causes and Solutions

Water Regulations for Non-Domestic Dwellings

The use of mains water in England and Wales is regulated by the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999, an Act of Parliament which lays down what can and cannot be done with drinking (potable) water supplied by the water companies. The Act contains two important principles: water should not be wasted and water should...
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Water Regulations for Non-Domestic Dwellings

Water Regulations for Domestic Gardens

Most people are unaware that there are legal requirements to take into consideration when connecting an irrigation system to a domestic garden tap. This simple guide provides you with the information you need to make sure you stay on the right side of the law! What you can connect to the mains water supply is...
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Water Regulations for Domestic Gardens

Permadrip Compared to Porous Hoses

Porous hoses and ‘Leaky Pipe’ type drip systems are very popular; but are they as technically capable as commercial drip lines such as Permadrip? One consideration when designing and irrigation system is the output. Not only do we need to know how much water is being applied, we also need to be sure that the...
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Permadrip Compared to Porous Hoses

Last Hosepipe Bans Lifted

The last remaining hosepipe bans have now been lifted, allowing unrestricted irrigation once again. One lesson from these restrictions has been the importance of planning ahead. Those clients who had efficient drip irrigation systems installed were able to continue to water, despite the bans. For sports clubs, the watering restrictions under the new legislation came...
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Last Hosepipe Bans Lifted

Anglian, Southern and Thames End Their Hosepipe Ban

Anglian, Southern and Thames Water are to end thier hosepipe bans from midnight on 13th June, following the wet weather. The four other water companies: 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.

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Anglian, Southern and Thames End Their Hosepipe Ban

Thames Water Now Allowing Watering of New Planting

“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...
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Thames Water Now Allowing Watering of New Planting

Pozilock Fittings – More Secure Than Barbed Fittings

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...
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Pozilock Fittings – More Secure Than Barbed Fittings

Sports Pitches Now Covered Under Water Restrictions

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...
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Sports Pitches Now Covered Under Water Restrictions

Battery Controllers Come of Age

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....
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Battery Controllers Come of Age