FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

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    What is the lowest water pressure needed to run a BGC irrigation system?

    Answer - There is no specific minimum pressure for a BGC system. BGC chooses the right combination of sprinklers from many different brands to match your landscape needs. The following list describes the average pressure ranges that various sprinkler types require to run efficiently.

    Drip: 10 – 20 PSI
    Spray: 30 – 40 PSI
    Rotor (residential): 30 – 60 PSI
    Rotor (light commercial): 30 – 70 PSI
    Rotor (commercial): 40 – 100 PSI

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    What is the cost of a BGC system?

    AnswerBGC designs each irrigation system to match our client’s needs. The cost will vary depending on the complexity of the irrigation system.

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    When is the best time to run my irrigation system?

    Answer – The water from your irrigation system should not stay on the plant material overnight as it may cause damage to leaves and blossoms. You should run your irrigation system in the very early morning hours so that it finishes about sunrise.

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    Can I install my irrigation system myself?

    Answer – Some people choose to install their irrigation system themselves and are successful. Others start the installation but discover that it is more difficult and more time consuming that they anticipated. BGC suggests that anyone considering installing their own irrigation system should first invest in a ‘Do It Yourself’ installation course such as ones offered by their  local supplier before making their final decision.

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    Does an automatic irrigation system really save water?

    Answer- If the irrigation system is properly designed, installed and maintained, then, yes it will save water and improve the health and vibrancy of the plants and turf in your landscape.

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    How much electricity does an irrigation system use?

    Answer – A typical irrigation system uses electricity to power the controller (timer) which turns the valves on and off. Some systems also use electricity to power a pump. A typical residential controller uses about 0.5 Kwh a day and a large commercial controller will use about 1.2 Kwh a day. A 100 watt light bulb that is turned on 8 hours a day uses 0.8 Kwh of electricity. So you can see an irrigation system uses very little electricity.

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    What is the difference between rain water and storm water?

    Answer - The difference if any depends on the definition used for each term. The definitions for rain water and storm water depend on which province you live in. In Alberta, rain water is rain that is collected from the roof of a single family dwelling and storm water is rain that is collected from the roof of commercial, industrial, multi-family dwelling or from the ground.

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    What can rain water be used for?

    Answer - Each province has its own rules concerning what rain water can be used for. In Alberta, rain water can be used for toilet and urinal flushing and sub-surface irrigation. In Ontario rain water can be used for toilet and urinal flushing, sub-surface irrigation and surface irrigation. As water harvesting and treatment technology improves the variety of approved uses will increase.

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    What is the cost of a BGC rain water harvesting system?

    Answer – BGC designs each rain water harvesting system to match our client’s needs. The cost will vary depending on the complexity of the rain water harvesting system.

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    How much water can a rain water harvesting system collect?

    Answer – The actual amount of rain water you can collect from your roof depends on several factors. As a general rule 1millimeter of rain falling on 1 square meter of roof will provide 1 litre of water or 1inch of rain falling on 1 square yard of roof will provide 5.6 gallons (US) of water.

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