Getting Started with Your School District's Irrigation

Implementing a holistic irrigation system can be incredibly beneficial for school districts. A smart controller system that irrigates efficiently can help save time, money, and labor. Below are five things to consider when evaluating a new system or replacing an old, inefficient one. 5 Tips When Evaluating Your School District’s Irrigation System

1. Flow monitoring.

Are you interested in managing and saving water? To do this effectively, it’s critical to have a flow meter installed. Firstly a flow meter will tell you where the water is going and how much is being used. Additionally, flow meters and master valves give your irrigation system the ability to auto-detect and shutoff leaky or broken pipes, when paired with a reliable operating system, before high water bills arrive.

2. Weather and Evapotranspiration.

Does the current system run even though it rained last night? Applying water-based on weather and evapotranspiration (ET) can save approximately 30% compared with watering using straight minutes. A cloud-based controller that utilizes local weather and ET data will automatically adjust the watering schedule to apply just the right amount of water needed to keep plants healthy and green. The greatest savings occurs in the fall when temperature and plant water needs decrease but summer schedules have not been adjusted down. The Calsense technology automatically makes the changes and only irrigates what is needed.

3. Customer service/support.

Would you describe your current irrigation supplier as a vendor or as a strategic water management partner? Implementing a new irrigation system can be a daunting task. Therefore, best in class manufacturers today provide regularly scheduled factory direct training and teaching troubleshooting techniques at no charge for the life of the product to help customers achieve their water management goals.

4. Labor.

Are labor demands exceeding the grounds team’s capacity? Smart controllers allow your team to monitor irrigation remotely without staff spending time driving around to visually search for leaks or where irrigation is not operating.  Furthermore, if/when an issue is detected a smart controller can automatically shut off the problem station. Then, the controller will continue the rest of the irrigation cycle without the problem station, until the issue can be addressed.

5. Return on Investment.

Is your existing system delivering the ROI you’re looking for? Due to budget and staffing shortages related to Covid-19, along with water utility rates rising faster than any other utility cost, there has never been a greater time for smart investments that help save time/labor/$. Based on our research, often an ROI of 2-3 years is realized.

Next Steps

Finally, we understand that evaluating a new irrigation system or replacing outdated or broken controllers can be a challenge. Fortunately, we have got 30+ years’ experience helping customers in similar situations. To find out if Calsense may be a good fit for your school district and how we can create a strategic plan together, download our brochure here or contact us and let’s talk!

5 Tips When Evaluating Your School District’s Irrigation System

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