Lots of people these days are getting really smart about water usage.
It’s partly because of the news we hear on a regular basis from drought-stricken areas of the country. Many areas — places like California, for example — are in the midst of horrific droughts of historical proportions.
But I think we’re also getting smarter about water usage because it’s simply the right thing to do. Conserving water is good for the environment. Conserving water is good for the health and appearance of your landscape.[/caption]
And it certainly doesn’t hurt that conserving water is good for your bank balance!
One Community Gets Really Smart
Idaho is one of the many states suffering from drought conditions. And one community in Idaho is handling the drought with great wisdom. Elkhorn, Idaho is turning to the cutting-edge technology of smart irrigation systems to slash the community’s water usage.
They’re starting by installing a ‘model’ smart irrigation system at a community recreation area called the Harker Center. The community won’t have to cough-up all the money for that project by themselves; they’ll be getting tens of thousands of dollars in federal grant money.
More Than a Drop in a Bucket
Installing a smart irrigation system at the Harker Center is just a start for the community.
But it’s a great start.
Current estimates project annual water savings of up to 600,000 gallons per year, just from that one smart irrigation system.
And, of course, they don’t plan to stop with just that one project. They’re hoping that this pilot project will encourage homeowners in the community to convert their own sprinkler systems to smart systems. If homeowners follow the pilot project’s lead, the potential for water savings is massive.
According to a local official, “If implemented by all the 1,630 homeowners within the 13 subdivisions and 24 condominium or townhome associations of SVEA, we could save over 70 million gallons of landscape irrigation water per year.”
That’s certainly not just a drop in the bucket!
Just One Example…
Elkhorn, Idaho is just one example among many of communities that are really pushing the conversion to smart irrigation technology. In truth, it’s happening all across the nation.
Elkhorn received thousands in grant money to help fund their smart irrigation pilot project. And many communities and homeowners throughout America are doing the same. Grants and rebates for converting to smart sprinkler systems are available from many sources in many locations, adding to the incentive to convert to smart systems.
So in the coming years, there will be many more stories like this story about Elkhorn’s smart irrigation pilot project. That’s because smart irrigation systems hold the potential of conserving a massive amount of water worldwide each year.
And that’s good for all of us. Because the worldwide supplies of fresh water are NOT going to become more plentiful in the future.
How About Your Own Personal Conservation Project?
If you’ve been thinking about installing a smart sprinkler system — or converting your existing system to a smart system —- now is the time to do it. And just like Elkhorn, Idaho, you might even be able to get a bit of financial help with your move to a smart sprinkler system.
But if not, give us a call anyway to ask for an estimate for installing TLC’s Hydrawise or K-Rain WiFi smart controllers. Bet it’s not as expensive as you might be thinking!
TLC now offers K-Rain and Hydrawise controllers for new systems and for retrofit to existing systems. We think it’s about time that our customers had access to a SMART irrigation system. Call now at 410-721-2342 for your FREE estimate!