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Smart Irrigation Controllers

Smart, weather-based irrigation controllers to reduce water for irrigation of corporate campuses

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Landscape Upgrade and New Construction Saves Water and Money with Smart Irrigation Controllers

Statistics show that as much as 50% of commercial water is used for irrigation. Over-irrigation causes excessive run-off due to poor landscape planning, and water agencies are tapping common sense and technology to improve water conservation efforts and enhance the health and beauty of our landscapes.

Smart Controllers for irrigation work on a simple principle: provide the appropriate watering schedule, adjust for weather changes and irrigate based on the needs of the landscape.

There are a variety of weather-based "smart" controllers available for commercial applications. Whether it is real-time on-site weather data or historical weather data, the new "smart" controllers leave little room for error.

Installing smart controllers installed on commercial property will avoid over-watering and excessive run-off by scheduling the amount of irrigation based on the type of landscape and current weather conditions. Smart irrigation controllers help protect your landscape investment and improve the health and look of your landscape.

Manufacturers of Smart Irrigation Controllers

  • Rain Bird
  • Champion
  • Orbit
  • Hunter Industries
  • DIG Irrigation Products
You can find an updated listing of eligible smart, weather-based irrigation controllers by logging on to the Irrigation Association web site.

The Irrigation Association has developed an independent third party testing protocol specific to "smart" controllers. Currently the protocol is administered through the Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT), an independent testing laboratory, applied research facility and educational resource center based at California State University, Fresno. The objective of this protocol is to evaluate how well current commercial technology has integrated the scientific data into a practical system that meets the agronomic needs of turf and landscape plants.

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