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Smart Irrigation Reduces Water Waste

July 19, 2019

Man holding cellphone in front of lawn sprinklersProblems with home sprinkler systems often go unnoticed. Sprinklers are timed to run early in the morning when residents aren’t likely to see a broken or misaligned sprinkler head. Automated systems usually run every other day, regardless of a rainy forecast. The cumulative effect of inefficient and overzealous watering is taking a toll on our water supply.

Few people realize that the land of 10,000 lakes may soon face a water shortage. While surface water is abundant in our region, the majority of the metro relies on groundwater. Current rates of water use are not sustainable. If these rates persist as population continues to grow, some areas may have less than 50% of water they need by 2030.

Becoming conscious of water waste is the first step to making a change. The EPA estimates that as much as 50% of the water used outdoors is wasted. A combination of evaporation, wind, and inefficient irrigation methods adds up to a massive loss of a precious resource.

In 2011, Enrique Arias moved to Woodbury from Mexico City. He grew up in the deserts of Chihuahua, and he’s acutely aware of the water required to sustain the vast swaths of grass that cover our metropolitan landscape. When he heard about the city’s Smart Irrigation Controller Program from a friend, he was eager to participate.

The City of Woodbury has distributed more than 2,000 smart irrigation controllers to residents in a large scale effort to save water. Smart irrigation controllers work with pre-existing residential lawn sprinkler systems to water lawns efficiently.

[Read more on the Clean Water MN blog]