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Frequently Asked Questions

Installing a sprinkler system can seem like a big task. We deal with a lot of question from clients. We’ve tried to answer as many as possible here. If you have any further questions about our services, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

How Much Will a System Cost?

The price of a College Waterworks Irrigation System varies depending on many factors such as property size, type of landscaping, size of water supply, and your preferences. But you can count on College Waterworks to design a cost-effective system comprised of quality Rain Bird products.

We are familiar with all the products the irrigation industry has to offer and know how to put the right ones together in a system that will achieve maximum, results for you.

And remember, College Waterworks Ltd. stands behind all of the products we install and are serious about the commitment to quality installation and service. Our warranty is the best in the business. Five years parts and labour included.

We will not be undersold!

Will an Automatic Sprinkler System Use More Water Than I’m Currently Using?

No. in fact, it will conserve water. You’ll never have to worry about runoff from over watering or wasting water when you forget to turn off the hose. And, with a rain sensor, your system will know when it is raining and simply shut itself off when water is not needed.

How Long Will It Take to Install?

A typical installation of 4 – 8 zones should take a day to install. Larger systems may take two days.

Does Having a Sprinkler System Really save Time?

Yes. You won’t have to spend another minute of your valuable leisure time watering the lawn. Your new system will do all of the watering for you – even when you’re away from home.

Will an Automatic Sprinkler System Water as Well as I Can Water by Hand?

Yes. It will do a much better job because a professionally designed system will deliver exactly the right amount of water to individual lawn and garden areas.

Should I Have the Property Marked for Utilities?

Yes, the homeowner must arrange for Alberta One Call to come out to make the property for telephone, cable, electrical and all other utilities. The phone number for this free service is 1-800-242-3447.

You will need the following information:

  • A telephone number where you can be reached during the day

  • Your name

  • The address where the ground disturbance is to take place

  • The type of work you will be doing

  • The approximate depth of the proposed ground disturbance

  • Whether the work will be on public property or private property or both

  • The date you need the locates by

How Deep Is Everything and What Happens When I Want to Power Rake or Aerate?

All components of the sprinkler system are installed within the first 8 inches of the ground depending on the terrain. That is, if you have big tree roots or if you have large rocks in the ground the depth of the components may vary. So, if you are digging in your yard you will have to hand excavate until you pass the 6-8 inch level. After that, you are free and clear.

In order for the sprinklers to perform as they have been designed, they must be able to pop up over the height of the grass 3-4 inches. The sprinkler system on the property must be marked with flags prior to power raking or aeration.

Is There a Warranty?


All of our work is guaranteed. College Waterworks Ltd. Warranties all new installations for a period of 5 years provided all servicing is done by College Waterworks. Manufacturers warranty their products for two years but College Waterworks extends this warranty to a period of five years parts and labour included. This warranty is the best in the business.

What Types of Products Do You Use?

Most manufacturers warranty their products for two years. Because College Waterworks Ltd. has been installing quality systems for over 20 years and because our warranties on all new installations for a period of five years parts and labour included, we choose the most robust of products that will last well beyond five years. Our manufacturer by choice is Rain Bird for most major components. Other major manufacturers we use are Hunter, Toro and Irritrol.

Is After-sale Service Provided?

College Waterworks is a full-service company providing year-round services for residential and commercial customers. Examples of after sale service include spring start-up service and winterization service.

What Are Some of the Advantages of College Waterworks' Service Division?

With most new installations there are slight adjustments that typically need to be made to ensure proper coverage. This 'tweaking' of the system is a priority in order to ensure the health of the landscape.

Our database management system enables us to send time-sensitive electronic notices that include detailed instructions for homeowners to prepare their system for the spring and fall servicing. In addition to this, our construction methodology enables us to provide service without our clients needing to be home.

Also, our comprehensive inventory management system enables us to always have the 400 plus items in stock that are typically needed for repairs. Our full-time, friendly office personnel are trained to provide assistance with questions that can come up.

Phone support and prompt service scheduling are key ingredients for customer satisfaction. We want our last impression to be better than our first.

How to Find the Right Person for the Job

Installing an automatic irrigation system is a complex task. Hire a qualified professional. Irrigation contractors are experts in hydraulics, proper sprinkler system layout, plant water requirements and soil types. Their skills will help ensure a water-efficient system and years of trouble-free operation.

But how do you make sure that the person you hire is qualified to do the job? Here are some handy guidelines to follow when choosing a contractor:

  • Check for a valid license/certification

  • Ask for proof of liability insurance

  • Make certain each contractor inspects your property prior to submitting a bid

  • Insist that the installation be completed in a timely manner

  • Beware of low bidders that take costly shortcuts

  • Be sure the contractor will obtain any required permits

  • Be certain the contractor will install a backflow prevention device required by local codes (to protect your drinking supply)

Professionally installed, automatic sprinkler systems are one of the best investments you can make in your home. Ask anybody who has one. There's no easier way to save yourself time and hassle. New homeowners can be assured in the operations management tied to our installation services. College Waterworks Ltd. will coordinate with other contractors assuring solid installations run smoothly. Contact us to find out more.

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