New Waves September 2009

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Engineer: Aggie Irrigation Catch Can best in the world

Texas AgriLife Extension Service engineers claim they have the best-designed irrigation catch can in the world: The Aggie Catch Can.

"This design change is significant as it greatly reduces splash-out during sprinkler testing, thereby improving the accuracy of tests to measure the efficiency and application rates of irrigation systems," said Dr. Guy Fipps, AgriLife Extension engineer and designer of the new catch can. It's not uncommon for irrigation systems, whether in the home lawn, professionally managed landscape or in crop production, to waste half or more of irrigation water through the season, he said.

Engineer: Aggie Irrigation Catch Can best in the world In theory, monitoring irrigation applications is simple, Fipps said. One simply puts out containers and runs the irrigation system for a specified amount of time, but the chance for error by non-professionals is high.

Developed with support from the Rio Grande Basin Initiative, the irrigation catch can is now available through the AgriLife online bookstore. A set of 12 cans with stands costs $54 plus shipping. In the bookstore, search for item number SP-368.

With current water and energy costs, irrigators can quickly pay for the cost of the cans by properly calibrating their systems, said Fipps who is also the director of the Texas Irrigation Technology Center.

"As about 40 percent of municipal water use is for landscape irrigation, conserving water in landscapes is important if Texas is to be able to meet its future water demand," said Fipps.

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