Economist Studies Benefits of Smart Irrigation Systems

Many homeowners already know about them but the world of agriculture is taking notice of the benefits of smart water irrigation systems.

What is a ‘Smart Water System’?
A smart water system, put simply, uses up to the minute technology to monitor actual conditions – rainfall, temperature, soil – and base irrigation schedules on that real time data. That comes in contrast to older technology where you would have to program the schedule ahead of time in anticipation of weather conditions.

LSU AgCenter economist Naveen Adusumilli points out that unpredictable weather makes for fluctuating water tables – and that makes conservation efforts even more important. Agriculture, industries and the average consumer all compete for that same resource. Where farmers rely on groundwater for irrigation, those fluctuations can result in increased costs and even lower yields.

Smart Water = Less Water
By using only the amount that is actually required due to real time conditions, smart water systems routinely save both water and money. Smart controllers tend to reduce water use by 15% to 30%. Smart irrigation components include:

• Soil sensors that detect the actual levels of moisture as well as salinity and temperature
• Weather stations to monitor conditions
• Smart controllers to automatically turn off your sprinklers when it’s raining, if there are high winds (that will scatter the spray too widely) or low temperatures (where it may freeze)
• Plant sensors which can detect measurements (like fruit size) which depend on irrigation management

As the LSU economist points out, education is key. Smart sprinkler systems may seem complicated and hard to use, but they’re the opposite – set it and forget it.

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