Irrigation is the process of artificially distributing water to plants and soil. This can mean something as simple as watering plants with a hose, or it can mean the implementation of a much more elaborate system that involves a series of underground pipes, valves, heads, and timers.
While today’s irrigation methods are better than ever, not all systems are created equal. The difference is smart irrigation—a computer-controlled system that appropriates water based on real-time data. Using an Internet connection, a smart irrigation system can utilize sensor technology to get the current weather, time of day, soil moisture levels, date, season, and geographic position of your property. This allows it to distribute water optimally without human interaction, which saves you the hassle of adjusting a manual timer—not to mention money on your water bill.
Since smart irrigation helps you conserve water usage on your property, it’s environmentally friendly. And with water conservation becoming more of a concern throughout Indiana, this is increasingly important. During last summer’s drought in Indiana, water restrictions were frequent—but by fitting your property with a smart irrigation system, you’ll be doing your part to help conserve this vital resource.
Many different properties throughout the state already utilize smart irrigation systems including hotels, restaurants, commercial offices, schools, hospitals, industrial sites, parks, and private homes. But this is still an emerging technology, and many people are just now learning about it. We want to make sure we get the word out about smart irrigation because it helps protect Indiana’s environment and ecosystem. And that’s critically important to our philosophy at Engledow Group.
Indiana has recently started a statewide observance of Smart Irrigation Month during July of each year. While water usage bans have historically been common throughout California and the southwest, they are occurring more often right here in Indiana. It’s becoming a serious issue, but by increasing awareness through Smart Irrigation Month and by helping people install smart irrigation systems, we can mitigate this problem.
While using smart irrigation is a great way to save water, there are lots of other ways you can help conserve:
- Water plants early in the morning to minimize evaporation. Ideally, the watering cycle should finish just before sunrise.
- Adjust sprinkler heads so that you’re only watering plants—not the sidewalk.
- Avoid planting in the summer as more water is required to establish new plant growth.
- Add a three-inch layer of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation.
- Adjust your watering schedule based on the season. Less water is needed during the spring and fall.
- Install a rain shutoff valve.
- Water your lawn in two or three short cycles instead of one long cycle. This helps soil absorb water more easily.
- Have your irrigation system checked by a technician once a year to make sure it’s running optimally.
- Repair leaky valves and sprinkler heads.
Save time, save money, and save the environment: three great reasons to consider a smart irrigation system. If you’re interested in learning more about smart irrigation or setting up a smart irrigation system on your property, give us a call at 317.575.1100.