Did you miss us yesterday? October 12th marked the third annual Imagine a Day Without Water, a nationwide day of education and advocacy about the value and essential role water plays in all of our lives. A day without water means a day without Calsense to provide innovative automation for landscape irrigation and  resource management. Imagine a world without safe, reliable water and wastewater services. Firefighters would have no water to put out the blazing fires attacking Northern California along with the homes and people who reside there. Where would we be without wastewater services to restore cities like Houston, recently devastated by hurricanes, as well as managing the unprecedented issues of pollutants, chemicals and sewage being deposited on land and into our oceans.

 

Reinvestment in water services must be a national priority if we want to improve this aging infrastructure. Having gone underfunded for decades, multi-faceted problems including drought, flooding, and climate change have significantly stressed our water systems. While these water infrastructures may be out of sight, the American people have already shown their desires, with the majority wanting the federal government to make investing in the nation’s infrastructure a top priority. According to a national public opinion poll for the Value of Water Campaign, 82 percent of Americans said water infrastructure investment needed to be a top priority.

Imagine a Day Without Water also shares the innovative solutions being implemented in our communities nationwide. Here at Calsense, we engineer powerful software code for irrigation controllers that communicate with each other while monitoring water movement and categorizing water usage specific to stations on each controller. A recent article showcases the water savings success our customer Caltrans made this year:

 

Caltrans, a customer of Calsense, has made great strides in water conservation in recent years by reducing 65 percent of water usage from 2013 to 2016. As a result of strategic policy changes, Caltrans saved almost 12 billion gallons of water: which is enough to supply 35,677 California households a year. They also expanded their water-saving smart controller inventory from 2,358 in 2014 to 3,268 by July 2017.  The conversion of 48  irrigation water sources to recycled water and the expansion of five mainlines lead to the increase of recycled water use statewide from 14 to 23 percent from March 2014 to June 2017. By using recycled water, Caltrans has managed to save 228 million gallons of drinking water a year that used to be used to irrigate roadside landscape (Source).

 

If we close the water infrastructure investment gap, the national economy would gain $220 billion in annual economic activity and 1.3 million jobs. Innovation and investment is the driving force allowing us to build environmentally advanced irrigation systems that will not only help our communities today to thrive, but for many more generations to come.