Before installing any kind of sprinkler or irrigation system, it is absolutely essential to know your water pressure and flow rate. Luckily, this can easily be done with one simple household item – using the bucket test
Knowing your water pressure can help you work out what kind of irrigation system will best suit the needs of your garden. The bucket test can also help you work out whether you need to install a pressure reducer to lower your water pressure, or a boost pump to help increase it.
The easiest way to test both your flow rate (how fast your water runs) as well as water pressure (how strong your water flows) is by doing the ‘Bucket test’. All you need to work out both of these is a simple 9 litre bucket and Holman Industries’ handy conversion table.
Ensure all your other taps are turned off, and run the tap you wish to fill your bucket up with on full. The time taken, with the help of this table, will give you both the flow rate and the pressure (in kilo-pascals).
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