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How Smart Irrigation Systems Keep Landscapes at Your Facility in the Green

Posted by QSI Facilities on September 21 , 2018

Smart irrigation systems are an excellent way to transform watering from a labor-intensive task to an automated, hassle-free activity. The results include cost savings and green, inviting landscapes, and Facilities Managers need to know why. 

Water Use Is a Major Problem and Cost for Businesses

According to HydroPoint, smart irrigation systems can help reduce the amount of water used and lost for irrigation purposes per year. As much as 50 percent of water used for irrigation is wasted due to traditional irrigation methods, amounting to more than 9 billion gallons of water each day in the U.S. each day.

Smart Irrigation Systems Reduce Water Use

Smart irrigation systems effectively reduce the amount of water necessary to maintain your facilities, which lowers facilities spend. In addition, smart systems eliminate the hassle associated with traditional irrigation and streamline the reporting process. As a result, Facilities Managers can focus on other needs, like maintaining the interior and exterior condition, like mowing and trash removal. 

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How to Implement Smart Irrigation Systems

As explained by Buildings.com, Facilities Managers should follow these tips when implementing and using smart irrigation systems:

  1. Use systems that rely on two-way wireless communications. Today’s systems utilize smart technologies, like RFID and the Internet of Things, to automate the management process for irrigation systems.
  2. Automate real-time data sharing and activation. Automating the process is only half the battle; Facilities Managers need to share data in real time and have the ability to activate a system remotely for unscheduled watering.
  3. Take advantage of cloud-based computing to access irrigation reports anywhere and at any time, including the water audit. Cloud-based systems for irrigation needs help Facilities Managers to oversee multiple facilities and streamline the reporting process.
  4. Perform monthly maintenance on the system. Even smart irrigation systems still require manual maintenance. However, smart systems may be able to intuitively manage maintenance needs, identifying when maintenance is necessary and refine the maintenance schedule.
  5. Consider natural sources of irrigation, like rainfall. Smart irrigation systems must consider rainfall and additional sources of irrigation, like reclaimed water, to be effective.
  6. Water in cold temperatures and use mulch to minimize evaporation. Evaporation is the arch-enemy of a smart irrigation system. Smart systems can automatically activate during cooler temperatures, but applying mulch to flower beds and trees can help reduce evaporation even further.

Implement Your Smart Irrigation Systems Today

Smart irrigation systems improve water conservation and increase landscape attractiveness. Choose QSI Facilities to install and manage smart irrigation systems to gain control over your landscape needs today. Visit QSI online to get started.