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What is a valve for irrigation?
Irrigation valves are a critical component of an irrigation system that control the flow of water to different zones or areas within the system. The valves are often installed in an underground valve box and connected to the main water supply line.
There are three main types of irrigation valves: electric, hydraulic and manual.
- Electric valves are operated by an electrical signal from a controller or timer.
- Hydraulic valves are operated by water pressure.
- Manual valves are operated by you.
There are also valves specifically designed for drip irrigation systems, which tend to be smaller and less complex.
The electric and hydraulic valves are designed to open and close at specific times or on a schedule programmed into the irrigation system's controller. When the valve opens, water flows through the irrigation pipes and out to the sprinklers or emitters in the designated zone.
Irrigation valves are a critical component of an irrigation system that allow the user to control the flow of water to different zones within the system, ensuring that water is delivered efficiently and effectively to the plants and crops being irrigated.
What are some of the key features of a valve?
Some of the key features of irrigation valves include:
- Solenoid: An electric valve has a solenoid that opens and closes the valve in response to an electrical signal from the controller.
- Diaphragm: A hydraulic valve has a diaphragm that opens and closes the valve in response to changes in water pressure.
- Flow Control: Many valves have a flow control feature that allows the user to adjust the water flow rate to each zone.
- Manual Override: Some valves have a manual override feature that allows the user to manually open or close the valve in case of an emergency or system malfunction.
Speak to your local Irrigear expert to find the right valve to suit your needs.
What is the difference between an electric and hydraulic valve?
The choice between an electric valve and hydraulic valve for an irrigation system depends on a number of factors, including the type of system, the size of the area being irrigated, and the water source available. Here are some considerations.
Electric valves are typically best suited for small to medium-sized irrigation systems, such as residential or small commercial properties. They are easy to install, operate quietly, and are less expensive than hydraulic valves. Electric valves are also more precise in their operation, allowing for more accurate water delivery to each zone.
Hydraulic valves are better suited for larger irrigation systems, such as golf courses or large agricultural operations. They are more durable and can handle higher water pressures than electric valves. They are also less sensitive to power outages and fluctuations in the electrical supply, making them a more reliable choice in areas with unreliable power sources.
In addition, hydraulic valves are often used in drip irrigation systems, as they can handle low water pressures and provide precise control over water flow rates. They are also more energy-efficient than electric valves, as they do not require an electrical supply to operate.
The choice between an electric and hydraulic valve depends on the specific needs of the irrigation system, as well as the preferences of the installer or system designer. It is important to consult with your local Irrigear expert to determine the best type of valve for your particular application.
How much does an irrigation valve cost?
The cost of irrigation valves can vary widely depending on the type, size, and brand of valve, as well as the location and other factors such as labour costs for installation. Here are some general price ranges for different types of irrigation valves:
Electric Valves: Electric valves are typically less expensive than hydraulic valves and can range in price from around $20 to $80 per valve for basic residential systems. For more advanced systems with features such as flow control or manual override, prices can range from $40 to $150 or more per valve.
Hydraulic Valves: Hydraulic valves are generally more expensive than electric valves, with prices ranging from around $50 to $150 or more per valve for basic systems. For larger or more complex systems, prices can range from $150 to $400 or more per valve.
Drip Irrigation Valves: Valves designed specifically for use in drip irrigation systems are typically smaller and less expensive than standard irrigation valves. Prices can range from around $10 to $30 per valve, depending on the type and brand.
It is important to keep in mind that these are general price ranges, and the actual cost of irrigation valves can vary widely depending on many different factors. It is best to consult with your local Irrigear expert to get a more accurate estimate for your specific project.
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- What is a valve for irrigation?
- What are some of the key features of a valve?
- What is the difference between an electric and hydraulic valve?
- How much does an irrigation valve cost?
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- AAP Industries
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- Amiad Water Systems
- Baccara Geva Australia
- Challenger Valves
- HR Products
- Hunter Industries
- NORMA Group
- Philmac Australia
- Rivulis Irrigation
- Toro Australia
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