Do you need to know how pressurized irrigation works? The first fact that needs to be stated is that irrigation is an entirely different matter from the handling of drinking water and water treatment. While the latter is handled by water companies, irrigation is the responsibility of the irrigation district. The water used for pressurized irrigation is drawn out of a river via an extensive canal network. In order to control the distribution of the water, pumps are used to add pressure to the irrigation systems.

What role does pressurized irrigation play in Idaho's real estate market?

With a national fame for potato production, it's obvious that agriculture is extremely important in Idaho. The importance of the agriculture field to this state cannot be over-estimated. More than one hundred thousand citizens of Idaho work in the agricultural industry; that's a significant portion of the total population. Beyond the vast water needs of intensive agriculture, though, it must be remembered that Idaho also has its share of built-up urban areas. Municipal parks, public and private landscape, and countless beloved suburban lawns all depend on the irrigation system to get the water they need. This makes the matter important for Idaho citizens whether they live in the city or the country.

What value does the average Idaho property owner get out of pressurized irrigation?

For residential property owners, maintaining healthy, vibrant lawns adds significantly to the overall value of homes. In most parts of Idaho, the local Homeowners Association operates a pump-house to meet the irrigation needs of nearby residents. This piece of machinery taps the canal network and routes irrigation water to the various properties in the neighborhood. This keeps water bills down during high-use periods like the hottest parts of the summer.  This is also a great relief on drinking water not being used on lawns or gardens or landscaped areas where surface water pressurized irrigation is available.

The water that pressurized irrigation makes available to the Idaho homeowner can be used for more than just maintaining lawns. Impact sprinklers were invented more than seventy years ago. Today they help Idahoans grow all manner of plants in high-yield gardens. The larger irrigation system meshes seamlessly with low-pressure individual systems. These use low-pressure piping (typically plastic) to direct water in small but useful amounts. 

While some watering methods waste thirty to fifty percent of the water used, these pressure systems can reduce waste to just ten percent. If a homeowner relies on gravity to distribute water, unintended runoff and standing water are virtually inevitable. This leads to a great deal of waste. It also opens up the possibility of encouraging harmful insect breeding (e.g. mosquitoes) and spreading pollutants or other undesirable contaminants.