- The problem is water. Drought affecting homeowner and commercial landscapes; with over 50% water use going to irrigation.
- Article title- Smart irrigation technology can help during drought
Website name- The San Diego Union Tribune
- Traditional irrigation systems are set up on timers that will activate regardless of the current weather conditions often simultaneously with a rain storm or at inopportune times in the day. Smart irrigation controllers incorporate historical and real time data as well as programmed set points (GIS data) to deliver a tailored irrigation system to reduce excessive water use.
- WeatherTRAK smart controller manufactured by HydroPoint Data Systems Inc.
- As drought restrictions ramp up, smart controllers will allow homeowners and commercial landscapers to keep the vegetation green while eliminating unnecessary watering, through the additional data from wifi enabled moisture probes distributed throughout the soil feeding the controller real time soil metrics.
- Probes: Rain Bird SMRT-Y, Toro Precision Hunter Soil-Clik
- A final technology mentioned for improving irrigation is that of high-efficiency sprinklers, which dispense larger droplets of water eliminating evaporation that may occur before the water even makes it to the intended vegetation. High-efficiency nozzles can reduce water usage by up to 30%.
- Hunter MP Rotator
- Homeowners, landscape managers, and local municipalities in areas experiencing severe drought that enjoy vegetation or require irrigation for ecosystem services are stakeholders in the technology.
- Steps for deploying the technology:
- Set ration limits that push stakeholders to engage the technology
- Enforce the rations
- Price water appropriately