Irrigation is critical after hottest ever June
The Met Office recently confirmed that June 2023 was the hottest June on record, surpassing the record shared between 1940 and 1976 by almost a whole degree centigrade. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland each recorded their warmest June month since the Met Office began collecting data in 1884.
So far, 2023 has seen very dry periods, very wet periods, and now hot dry weather with thundery downpours at times. In these circumstances, having the right equipment to move water either for irrigation or flood relief is critical. Irrigation pumps and watering systems can quickly move water to where it is needed and ensure crops, gardens and water features have the water they need. Pumps can also be used to move water away from flooded areas when required. Typically, a pump requires a suction hose to remove the water and a delivery hose to take the pumped water to its new destination.
When using a water pump and hoses, it is essential to make sure that the suction hose and the delivery hose both meet the pump specification. Most obviously, the hose diameter has to fit the pump, but there are other considerations including working pressure. When connecting the hoses to the pump, there are a number of options available. Many pumps are deigned for “Lever Lock” style fittings, but other fittings and hose clips are available. If water is to be moved over a long distance, special connectors, like our Layflat kit can be used to join separate lengths of hose.
It is critically important to ensure that both the suction and delivery hoses meet the specification of the pump to be used. At the most basic level this means the hose diameter has to fit the pump, but other considerations like working pressure should also be checked. To connect the hose to the pump, fittings will be required, these are often “Lever Lock” fittings, but again this needs to be carefully checked as various fittings are required depending on the type of pump. If the water is to be moved over a long distance, hose connectors will be required to join lengths of hose together.
For infrequent use, Layflat hose is often preferred as it is very space efficient when not in use and very durable.
Agricultural irrigation systems will require a range of hoses to deliver the water all at a controlled rate, usually with timers and sprinkler equipment. For gardeners, Winster offer a broad range of accessories to keep plants and lawns watered, including sprinklers, timers, hose, reels and micro irrigation kits for hanging baskets and greenhouses.
Winster Limited has over 60 years’ experience in the hose industry, coping with the varying demands of the British weather which means we can advise resellers which products to stock. Our long-term supplier relationships and our 24,000 ft2 warehouse allows us to build and hold buffer stock of key products ready to respond to increased orders.
If you would like to talk to one of our team about your hose range and how we can help you cope with sudden increased demand for dry weather products, please call us on 01902 606010 or use the contact form on our website.