Title:Smart Irrigation Controller Demonstration and Evaluation
This webcast discussed the findings of the WRF project Smart Irrigation Controller Demonstration and Evaluation in Orange County, Florida (project #4227​). This project evaluated the water savings potential of soil moisture sensors (SMS) and evapotranspiration (ET) irrigation controllers on residential and commercial properties on two distinct soil types: flatwood soils and sandy soils. The participant pool was made up of 167 residential properties across the Orange County Utilities service area. Both SMS and ET controllers were implemented with an “education” group, which received customized installation. A non-education group received installation via typical methods used in the irrigation industry. On average, evapotranspiration irrigation controller treatments reduced irrigation by 18% across both sandy and flatwoods soils for the non-education group, and 32% for the education group. The soil moisture sensor technology reduced irrigation by 30% for the non-educational group and 42% for the educational group across both soils. The educational groups had a trend for less irrigation than their non-educational counterparts. ​​
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Jacqueline Torbert, Department Manager, Orange County Utilities; Michael Dukes, PhD, PE, Professor & Irrigation Specialist, University of Florida
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