Application of Smart Irrigation Controller equipment
Application of intelligent irrigation equipment
In the United States, outdoor water use alone averages over 9 billion gallons of water per day, primarily for landscape irrigation. As much as 50% of water is wasted due to overwatering due to traditional irrigation methods and system inefficiencies. Smart irrigation technology is the answer.Applications of smart irrigation controllers are becoming more and more common today.
Smart irrigation systems automatically customize watering schedules and run times to meet specific landscape needs. These controllers significantly increase outdoor water use efficiency.
Smart irrigation controller is more convenient
Unlike traditional irrigation controllers that run on preset programs and timers, smart irrigation controllers monitor weather, soil conditions, evaporation, and plant water use to automatically adjust watering schedules based on site conditions.
For example, as outdoor temperatures increase or rainfall decreases, smart irrigation controllers consider site-specific variables such as soil type, sprinkler application rates, and more to adjust watering run times or schedules. There are several options for smart irrigation controllers.
Soil Moisture Sensors for Use with Smart Irrigation Controllers
Smart irrigation controllers based on soil moisture sensors use one of several proven technologies to measure soil moisture levels. When buried in the root zone of turf, trees or shrubs, the sensor can accurately determine the moisture content in the soil and transmit that reading to the controller.
There are two different soil moisture sensor based systems available:
A pause cycle irrigation system that is set up like a traditional timer controller with a watering schedule, start time and duration. The difference is that the system stops the next scheduled irrigation when there is enough moisture in the soil.
On-Demand Watering No need to program watering durations (just start time and days of the week). It has a user-set lower and upper threshold, and it initiates irrigation when soil moisture levels fail to meet those levels.