Why You Should Switch to Low-Pressure Sprinklers

As temperatures rise and droughts become more common, it is becoming more and more important for everyone from home owners with flower gardens to large-scale farmers to conserve water and energy, and thereby lower related costs. Low-pressure sprinklers are watering systems that require less pressure than traditional, high-pressure systems, which drastically reduces energy costs.

Low-pressure sprinklers use slightly less water at greater efficiency: the gentler flow not only lowers water consumption, but also keeps the water from disturbing soil and plants. These sprinklers may use up to 60 per cent less water, depending on the brand and type, and are generally less prone to leaks.

Unlike high-pressure mists, low pressure sprinkler nozzles decrease water waste by sending out fewer but larger drops of water — these are both slower to evaporate and less likely to be blown out of the intended irrigation area by wind. At the same time, the output can have the same even distribution and range as with high-pressure models. Some agricultural experts state low-pressure watering systems may reduce energy consumption by more than one-half. For those who wish to conserve water or energy, especially if they live in drought-prone areas, low-pressure sprinklers are the smarter, less wasteful choice whether they are watering vegetable crops or lawns.