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you’re a typical homeowner, you probably put your automatic sprinkler system
into the same category as your home’s heating and cooling system. You expect it
to work reliably and efficiently with minimum fuss. The latest technology
offers just that--and more.
A sprinkler system is one area of your home where a little
knowledge can go a long way to conserve water while maintaining a healthy yard that’s
the envy of the neighborhood.
In conjunction with Smart Irrigation
Month in July, the Irrigation Association® is offering information about efficient
irrigation technology and tips. Since it’s a peak month for water usage, July
is a good time to learn more about making the most of water resources.
new generation of “smart” sprinkler systems can be viewed as sophisticated
communications systems that happen to dispense water, rather than a network of
underground valves, pipes and pop-ups controlled by a wall-mounted timer.
Thanks to advances in electronics and communications, sprinkler
systems can monitor data, such as climate, site conditions, or soil moisture, and
automatically adjust your sprinkler’s watering schedule. Smart systems keep
your grass green while saving your “green.”
The secret to smart systems is the controller. Smart controllers
use either weather and/or site data to automatically determine when and how
long to water. Then your sprinklers apply just enough water at exactly the
right time in each zone of your yard.
Here are highlights of the substantial benefits that smart controllers offer:
friendly smart systems conserve water by watering only as much as needed. Smart
sprinklers work with Mother Nature to automatically suspend watering during
rain, freezing or high wind conditions or compensate for rainfall. Plus a smart
system can keep your lawn and landscape healthier by avoiding the pitfalls of inadequate
watering, too frequent watering, or the more common problem of overwatering, which
often results in disease or poor root systems.
smart systems water only when needed, time the applications to allow water to
soak-in, and avoid application when water might evaporate or blow away, you may
reduce your annual water bill as much as 30 percent. On top of that, you may
qualify for rebates from your local water board or utility for the purchase of
specific smart controllers.
your irrigation installer has programmed the site data into the smart system, the
controller adjusts the watering schedule based upon local conditions and/or
soil moisture and by zone. This “set and forget” technology is perfect for frequent
travelers and ideal for vacations or second homes used only part of the year.
Smart controllers require little direct access, so
they provide an excellent solution for sites where it is difficult to access
the controller. There’s no need to reprogram the controller due to seasonal
your current controller may be an option. Some new components are designed as
easy add-ons to an existing controller, eliminating the need to replace your
keep the green where it belongs--on your lawn and in your wallet--with a smart
irrigation system. Learn more at www.irrigation.org/smartmonth.htm.
Association® • www.irrigation.org
6540 Arlington Blvd. Falls
Church, VA 22042-6638
USA • Tel: 703-536-7080