With the possible exception of oxygen, it’s tough to imagine any one substance being more essential to life than water. And increasingly, water is becoming an ever more precious resource. Between reco
Source: The Changing Landscape of Water
Proper Landscape Water Management is not always accomplished by Smart Controllers!
Smart controllers may not improve landscape water management on your property if you are not over watering your property!
“The evaluation of research described in this report provides strong evidence for the following findings and conclusions:
- Weather-based “smart” irrigation controllers, while a valuable tool, are not a “magic bullet” for achieving perfect irrigation control and water savings.
- On average smart controllers are a moderately effective measure for reducing the amount of water applied by automatic irrigation systems, while maintaining the health, and appearance of landscapes.
- When seeking irrigation water savings, the pre-existing level of excess irrigation at the site is the most important factor to consider.
- The water savings achieved through installation of smart controllers can be maximized by targeting the technology to irrigators with historically high irrigation application rates, not simply customers with high irrigation use.
- The many irrigators who historically apply less than the theoretical irrigation requirement for their landscape are likely to increase their irrigation application rate after installing a smart controller.
- Survey results indicate that smart controllers are likely to achieve a high degree of customer acceptance once they more broadly penetrate the consciousness of irrigation contractors and the general public.
- The utility programs implemented through the DWR grant have succeed in raising public awareness of this technology, but survey results suggest most consumers have no knowledge of smart irrigation control.
- Smart controllers can achieve cost effective water savings for utilities and irrigators under some cost and pricing scenarios, however this technology will not be cost effective for all utilities and customers.
- Most of the smart control brands and technologies evaluated in this study reduced irrigation demands on average, but not all of these reductions were statistically significant.”
Excerpt from: Evaluation of California WBIC Programs 7/1/2009
Aquacraft, Inc. Water Engineering and Management