Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The morning began with a system retrofit. The homeowner took the first steps by self-installing the soil water sensor system. We added electric valves, a anti-siphon valve to safeguard the potable lines, and water meters to monitor water use for each of the two zones.
Once finished, we moved to the second property. The system there is digital with electric zone valves already in place. We connected the add-on soil water sensor to the timer and installed a water meter on the two experimental zones.
I'll be monitoring these water meters to confirm the water savings potential of soil water sensors in urban landscape irrigation.
* A special note of thanks to Tina and Milagros for working together to ferry over the meters pictured above to the second site. I failed to anticipate the fact that pipe diameters sometimes change from valve box to field and they had my back. Go team!
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
The property, participating in Miami-Dade Extension's Water Use Efficiency Program, already had the soil water sensor system installed so we retrofitted the mechanical valve with electric valves, added a anti-siphon valve to prevent water from seeping back into the potable lines and installed water meters on the two experimental zones.
I will monitor these water meters to collect water-use data from a timer controlled zone and a sensor controlled zone and demonstrate that using soil water sensors contributes to water savings in urban landscape irrigation.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
We were impressed with the size of the iron pipes feeding the cistern! And when they told us they had never actually looked inside for dimension info we swung into action.
Turns out the group is a proud owner of a 9ft x 14ft x 14ft underground cistern! This is an invaluable resource for a environmental organization with plans to set up a demonstration native plant landscape on its property. They plan on tapping the cistern with a pump for micro-irrigation to service the drought tolerant landscape. Naturally, the UCU will be offering knowledgable advice as the project proceeds.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Also - I will be out of town Jun 20-23rd for the ASABE international conference. Nicholas will also attend the conference.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The video features the homeowner property above and discusses Florida Friendly Landscape principles (low maintenance, environmentally-conscious landscape design).
Check it out!