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Irrigation Central Control Overview

Many facilities equipped with automatic irrigation systems apply more water than is required to maintain healthy lawns and gardens. The two main causes of this over watering are usually related to either the physical system equipment or the irrigation schedule that has been set up.  Irrigation schedules are routinely set to accommodate the most extreme conditions to prevent plant life from dying. More often than not natural precipitation aids in the watering process which then requires adjustments to the watering schedule. The most effective way for a site to minimize their irrigation demands and maximize their water savings in turn saving money, is to opt for a central control system.


Central control systems receive irrigation schedule changes from a remote system or human interface. The central control location will pull data on the local ET (evapotranspiration) values from a network of weather stations. This allows for the schedules to be adjusted during periods of low ET and when natural precipitation is expected. Centrally controlled systems also can assist in saving water by detecting leaks in a system by identifying the unusually high flow rates in the system and sending an alarm and shutting down the affected area.  The reduction or elimination of over irrigating an area will have no negative impact on the health or beauty of the landscaped area it will simply allow the water applied to be used more effectively. The only effect will be that the amount of water that is applied will be reduced in turn lowering the water bill for the facility.

Benefits of Central Control

Labour Savings
Site Managers and Maintenance staff will no longer need to travel to multiple controllers to adjust run times, turn off water etc or need to call and dispatch Enviroturf to repair a problem that exists. Enviroturf will actually know about the issue long before the site manager and will be able to in turn advise them accordingly. This allows for either prompter service or in some cases the ability to compile more than one issue so that only 1 service call is required.

Liability

Irrigation systems will not turn on late in the fall when there is a chance of ice, that could result in a trip or fall. Leaks that can cause sink holes and other potential trip hazards, would be identified prior to getting to that point and can be corrected before hazards are caused. Leaks located near buildings and infrastructure cause numerous dangers that can be easily prevented by the centrally controlled system.

Plant Material
In addition to saving water a central control system manages plant material in accordance with the Irrigation Associations system for Managed Allowable Depletion, which encourages strong plant material and deeper root zones and takes advantage natural rainfall since the soil reservoir is not constantly being replenished to capacity.

Water Consumption
30 – 50% is the average expectation with respect to water savings. This is based on water and plant material being watered based on weather. This influences the return on investment number and as we know water costs are on the rise each year.  Water savings based on flow sensing, turning off, alarming and isolating zones that have issues.  Repairing components and leaks and knowing where on the system they are reduce the amount of water that is lost and the amount of time spent to investigate the location of a leak. Also providing quantifiable thru the use of logs to know how much water is actually being used by the irrigation systems.

Return on Investment

It is a strong belief of Enviroturf Irrigation Inc. that water management and conservation is important.  This belief is reflected in our desire to make the conversion to an efficient system as easy for you as possible.  The average approximate seasonal use of irrigation water for Kinsmen Park is 322,560 gallons per season, for each field or $3,657.14 in water. At a conservative 30% water savings you would save $1097.14 per field a season, allowing the return on your investment to happen in just over 3 years. This actual return on investment period will be reduced further as the cost of water increases and the additional saving of labour for repairs goes down and the life of the plant material increases.

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