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""About Drought Free

Drought Free Irrigation (DFI) is a family owned irrigation company serving northeastern MA and southern NH. Dan Donahue is the primary owner.  He has been in the irrigation field since 1991.  He has almost 3 decades of experience designing, installing, trouble shooting and servicing lawn sprinklers and irrigation systems throughout the greater Boston and Merrimack Valley areas.  His primary focus has always been on customer service.

Since more than 90 percent of our new installation are referrals, our main focus is on residential properties. However, we have plenty of experience and are happy to install or service commercial customers as well as athletic fields for towns and school districts.

Why should you install an irrigation system?

  • Save water. No more forgetting you left the hose on.
  • Save money. No more over watering. Water just the landscape components needed.
  • Save time. No more dragging hoses around the yard only to have your lawn burn when you go on vacation. Irrigation is automatic.

The Installation process

  After you have received your free estimate, and have decided to use us as your installation company, we will require a 15% deposit. We will try to schedule our plumber to tie into your plumbing on the same day that we will install the rest of your system. Depending upon your current landscaping, the average residential installation takes 1 day. We will install all of the pipe underground with a Ditch Witch Pipe Puller. All of your zone valves will be buried neatly in a few (depending upon how big your system is) valve boxes in one area.

The sprinkler heads will be installed and adjusted, and your timer will be set to water in the early morning hours to get the most out of your water pressure and avoid water evaporation. You will need to decide where you would like your automatic timer hung. The garage or the cellar are the most common areas for the timer, but keep in mind, it will need to plug into an electrical outlet. If your house has town water and sewer, you should check with the water department to see if they allow second meters. A second meter will prevent you from being charged sewerage charges for water going on your lawn.


Local Town water Department numbers


  • Andover MA  978-794-3222
  • Amesbury MA  978-388-0853
  • Boxford MA  978-352-2538
  • Dracut MA  978-957-0441
  • Haverhill  978-374-2370
  • Lawrence MA  978-794-5781
  • Merrimack  978-346-8407
  • Methuen MA  978-983-8855
  • Newbury MA  978-462-8311
  • Newburyport  978-465-4420
  • North Andover MA  978-688-9571
  • Salisbury  978-462-7839
  • West Newbury  978-363-1100, ext 127
  New Hampshire
  • Atkinson NH  603-362-4920
  • Derry NH  603-432-6105
  • Hampstead NH  603-329-6840
  • Pelham NH  603-635-2040
  • Plaistow NH  603-382-5200
  • Salem NH  603-890-2171
  • Windham NH  603-434-5075


Drought Free Irrigation

Methuen, MA 01844

E-mail: Info@DroughtFreeIrrigation.com


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