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Eliminating Waste in Outdoor Watering and Saving Dollars

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Recommendations - New Construction

  • Increase soil requirement - minimum of 8"
  • Require the design and installation of an efficient irrigation system to meet or exceed minimum irrigation industry recommended distribution uniformity (DU) guidelines.
  • Ensure irrigation mainline size is large enough to enable deep root watering within an acceptable daily water window.
  • Require Irrigation Scheduling using Climate Controlled Irrigation Program:
    i.e. System monitors and uses weather information to automatically apply the optimum amount of water when needed.
  • Program should:
    • Irrigate to MAD - Managed Allowed Depletion
    • Use real-time weather data to measure true ET (evapotranspiration). Historical or extrapolated ET is not as effective. (i.e. garbage-in, garbage-out)
    • Use a Rain Gauge (not a Rain Sensor) to measure Effective Rainfall to interrupt and adjust irrigation scheduling
    • Employ efficient irrigation scheduling - i.e. irrigation run times developed based upon a complete site analysis.

Irrigation Industry recommended distribution uniformity (DULQ) and emission uniformity (EU) standards.

Type of Zone Type of Uniformity Minimum Uniformity
Spray DULQ 0.55
Rotor DULQ 0.70
Drip/Micro-Irrigation EULQ 0.80

To truly measure moisture loss (ET) and apply the optimum amount of water to the landscape when needed, the weather data should be real-time and come from well maintained, local weather stations specifically designed for ET monitoring (i.e. measuring solar radiation; air temperature; relative humidity; wind speed; and, rainfall).

Not all rainfall measured is considered effective rainfall. Effective Rain is the amount of rain which is useful to the plants. Rain that falls to quickly will run-off before reaching the root zone, and rain that falls when the soil is completely saturated will run-off as well. Effective Rain factors in Maximum Hourly Rainfall Rate and Saturation Allowance. A Rain Sensor is a simple 'on-off-switch' that only interupts irrigation during a rain event.

Individual irrigation run-times (i.e. irrigation duration expressed in minutes for each irrigation zone) should be determined based-upon site conditions for each zone (i.e. plant type; root depth; soil type; slope; shading; and, precipitation rates for the sprinkler system). As opposed to being set based upon industry norms for rotor sprinklers and spray sprinklers.

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