Current Methods of Outdoor Watering


By Jack Lee

In the United States, outdoor water use alone averages more than 9 billion gallons of water each day, mainly for landscape irrigation. As much as 50% of this water is wasted due to overwatering caused by inefficiencies in traditional irrigation methods and systems. Smart irrigation technology may very well be the answer.

Let’s briefly review the 3 major types of current outdoor watering methods:

 
  Traditional Manual Watering

Garden hose with portable sprinkler head
Transport hose(s) to a specific portion of the lawn
Open valve
All manual timing of water
Shut valve
Move sprinkler head to another area; repeat the process over and over until the entire property
has been watered
Entire apparatus needs to be rolled up for storage
This method still continues to be a major method of watering

Benefits:

    • Water when personally convenient
    • Watering with personal preference

Disadvantages:

    • Time consuming
    • Water waste
    • Burdensome, handling the apparatus on a regular basis
    • Inexperience may lead to unbalanced distribution of water; some areas may get more, others less

 

  Sprinkler with Time

Control when and where lawns and gardens receive water coverage
Area(s) may be over or under watered
The application of water is now regulated with a fixed schedule of watering
Water is directed to specific areas that have been automatically programmed via the timer
Manually setting via the start/stop switch when the user feels that not enough water has been
administered

Benefits:

    • Less water waste
    • Minimal human intervention
    • Watering at opportune times
    • Results with a cost savings by limiting frequency of watering and the amount of water per event
    • Provides some degree of peace of mind knowing that the property is watered without constant monitoring

Disadvantages:

    • Human intervention is still needed to adjust the timer for weather conditions
    • Water may run (and clearly be wasted) when it is raining outside
    • Areas may be over or under watered
    • Inability to adjust to varied weather conditions

 

  Multi-Functional Smart Sprinkler Control

Total automation and control of all aspects of field irrigation

Determine optimal manner to water the lawn and/or garden with current local weather data, your personal lawn and garden profiles and local water restrictions

    • Then, leave it alone if you wish
Individual zone control of your property with customization
Collects rain data and forms a history
Prevents water run-off on property
Managed by a smart phone app
Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity
Leave the control of your watering to the controller or intervene any time and any where; at the office, on vacation, inside the home
Approved by the EPA to save water
Easy to install the device; app is easy to install on your smart phone
No additional cost for future software updates; downloaded from cloud technology

Includes a 2 nd capability

    •  Constant watch, home security via a built-in, 24/7 digital night-vision camera from any location
      1. Confirm child comes home from school
      2. Identify an intruder
      3. Alerted, to an animal presence
    • Real-time video streaming
    • Push notification if the system senses an intruder
    • No installation needed

      Benefits:

        • “2 smart devices” for the price of 1
        • Optimal watering efficiency
        • Top savings in time and energy
        • Access to local weather data
        • Access to a Water Restrictions database
        • Saves time and money
        • Conserves significant amounts of precious water
        • 100% peace of mind
        • Monitor activities in your garage or yard 24/7 from the convenience of your smart phone
        • Watch your property any time and from any where
        • Provides additional home security and safety

      Disadvantages:

        • The investment for this device may cost more than a timer but will yield its savings immediately
        • Not getting this smart device sooner to best manage the watering needs of a property

       

      How may we best conserve our water resources for our communities and generations to come while still have the capability to beautify our lawns and gardens? If you want to become an active part of the solution, please go to www.yardian.com for further information and details.