Getting Started

Implementing a wholistic irrigation system is incredibly beneficial for most entities but especially for school districts. A system that automatically irrigates efficiently will help save you and your team, time, money, and labor. There are a few key points to consider when you are looking to install a new system or replace an old inefficient one.


1. Land Topography and Area. The first thing to consider is the area that needs to be irrigated. Identifying this area will provide a layout of the different types of plant material and determine the number of controllers needed.

2. Weather. Does your current system consider real time weather data? This could be a distinct feature that saves you a significant amount of time. A weather and cloud-based controller like the Calsense CS3000 uses local evapotranspiration (ET) and rain data to adjust the watering schedule so that your landscape is not over or under watered.

3. Soil Type. Knowing the different soil types that make up your landscape will determine the mapping of the irrigation system and how it can be watered most efficiently. It is also important to note how many different hydrozones or plant types with similar water, soil and sun needs you have. Do you mostly have turf? Or are there several plant and soil types that all have different needs?

4. Staff. How many team members do you have to maintain the school’s landscapes? If you have limited staff, a smart irrigation system is even more beneficial because you can monitor your site online and be notified of any errors or warnings such as high flow which may indicate a leak. You are also able to remotely turn off your irrigation until a team member can physically attend to the issue.

5. Budget. This includes both water and money! It is important to keep in mind monetary budgets. You want to select a system that will prove its value. A Calsense system has an average ROI of 12-24 months. Not only will a system like Calsense reach its return on your investment quickly it will also manage your water budget. Setting a water budget on your irrigation system will only use the amount of water you specify. This will help the school and district conserve water, keep track of water usage, and save money on water bills.

Next Steps

There are many things to consider and it is a big decision when implementing a new irrigation system or replacing old and out of date controllers. If you would like to learn more on how Calsense may be a good fit for your school district and how we can create together a strategic plan for your success, download our brochure here or contact us and let’s talk!

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