Rainfall and pavement drainage is the primary source of water supply for most large turf irrigation systems. The lakes are created in the low spots of the property to capture as much runoff water as possible. Fixed inlet screens are then installed at the lake bottom so most of the water can be used for irrigation purposes. During rain events, silt and debris enters the lake which eventually covers up the fixed lake screens. Then silt and debris begin to enter the irrigation system – creating a lot of maintenance and damage to pump equipment and irrigation valves / heads.
The Float-N-Screen® and Float-N-Foot Valve® products were developed by Greenscape Pump Services, Inc. and have been successfully preventing silt damage for over two decades. The inlet flumes / pipes can still be installed at the bottom of the lake as the flexibility of the hose assembly allows the inlet screen and / or foot valve to operate in a clean strata of water – usually 3’ to 4’ below the surface of the water. As lake levels drop, the screens and foot valves remain in the clearest water, above the silt on the bottom and below the floating surface debris. These products require minimal maintenance and have been installed and operating on domestic and overseas projects for years.
Since rainfall and pavement drainage is the primary source of water supply for most large turf irrigation systems, additional storage lakes are required as the cost of back-up alternate water supplies continues to escalate. When additional pumps are being installed for water transfer, clients are adding waterfalls, water walls, stream beds and other water features for added job site aesthetics. Creative pump installations are required to minimize costs and eliminate the requirement of wet well installations and above ground pump buildings.
The Skid-N-Pump™ & Float-N-Pump™ products were developed by Greenscape Pump Services, Inc. and have been successfully preventing silt damage for over two decades. High volume, low pressure pumps and lower volume, high pressure pumps are installed in cages so debris will not enter the pumps. Armored power and sensor cables are installed to minimize varmint damage. Flexible 250 psi working pressure hose is used so the pump cages can be easily installed or removed. The pump cages can be skid mounted and installed on the lake bottom or floated and anchored in-place. Custom control panels are provided with each unit and include on /off timer control or Variable Speed Drive adjustable flow control. Pump safeties include low level shut down, ground fault protection and lighting arrestors – with many other control options available. These units have been installed in recreational bodies of water, rivers, flooded quarries, around boat marinas and in various styles of storage lakes.