Irrigation System

An irrigation system is typically a system for delivering water to plants. An irrigation system should be designed to replace water used by the plants during periods of NO or low rainfall to aid plant growth.

Irrigation systems can also be designed for dust suppression (eg airports, construction sites, mines, rubbish tips etc).

Some categories of irrigation methods are:

  1. Spray
  2. Flood
  3. Rotary
  4. Mirco
  5. Drip
  6. Subsurface

Irrigation systems are commonly located in Councils parks, gardens, road verges, sporting facilities and within buildings.

Irrigation Trades

A number of persons are involved in the design, installation and maintenance of a Irrigation System.

The following are some examples

Irrigation Installer -
Irrigation Contractor -
Irrigation Retailer -

Irrigation Operator -
Irrigation Manager -
Irrigation Agronomist -
Irrigation Designer -

Useful Life

The useful life of an irrigation system will vary considerably depending on how it is constructed and a wide range of environmental factors.

As a general guide the manufacturers warranty periods could be used e.g. (Dual Check Valves 2 years), subject to the on going maintenance of the system.

The table below shows the useful life for irrigation systems adopted by Councils or published elsewhere. At the moment a useful life of about 20 years seems to be typical. Please feel free to add your Councils information below.

Council Adopted Life
Whittlesea City Council 20 years

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