Smart controllers give irrigation systems intelligence to use water efficiently
26 September 2009
For consumers who are looking for ways to savemoney and the environment, smart water technology offers an opportunity to achieve both, while ensuring beautiful gardens and parks. Watering your garden, park or field has also caused a significant amount of stress for homeowners or grounds staff. There are a large number of variables to take into account when determining how long and when to water your garden, industrial park, school field or country club. To ensure accurate watering all these variables have to be taken into account and this is often a daunting task.
Depending on the season, your geographical location, average daily temperature as well as rainfall, species of plant and soil type, your watering requirements will need regular adjustment. Landscapes are estimated to consume around 30% of all urban water, and are believed to be over watered by as much as 20 to 50%. On average consumers tend to err on the side of overwatering in spite of the fact that this is as detrimental to plants and lawns as under watering. Overwatering promotes the growth of potentially devastating fugal infections, which can destroy your carefully crafted landscape.
With our lower than the global average annual rainfall, South Africa has many disadvantaged communities who currently have only limited access to safe water which makes urban water wastage a serious social and environmental issue. In addition we have also seen the prices of our municipal services, including water, rise recently. Water is a finite commodity and any development must take this into account for it to be sustainable. There are also cost implications to providing clean water and these processes also consume energy resources, which in turn affects the environment in other ways.
Smart watering technology allows you to care for your landscape with minimal stress and effort. These systems take all of the complexities out of watering your garden or park, saving you time as well as money on municipal bills. Smart watering systems automatically adjust their run times based on the actual weather conditions in your garden. The system takes into account the different zones in your garden or park, and adjusts your watering schedule based on the kinds of plants and soil types you have. The system ensures your landscape receives exactly the right amount of water for your plants to thrive.
These systems can eliminate most of the costly guess work involved in tending to the watering requirements of your landscape. While many gardeners are cautious to embrace this technology, smart water management systems are an excellent way to ensure your garden is correctly watered, allowing you to enjoy the perfect landscape throughout the year.
Take care of your garden and the environment and investigate smart water management systems. The benefits speak for themselves.