Coral Gables (South)
When the UCU assessed this homeowner property in early summer for the irrigation rebate program, I made a solemn vow to move mountains to convince the owner to participate in the research. Why? In short, it is the research equivalent of prêt-a-porter – two zone digital irrigation system on city water! Further, the digital timer on the property is the same brand/model as the smart timer under study, so the retrofit would simply involve switching face plates and mounting the on-site weather station!
In September when the owner finally agreed, we moved on retrofitting the system. The only caveat was that, unlike any of the other properties recruited this summer, the owner chose the soil water sensor (SWS) technology over the weather-based timer!
The equipment worked like a charm for us and once both valves were located the water meter installation began.
Spray head in a rotor zone: Removed!
Coral Gables (North)
We installed a backflow device to safeguard the potable water lines (despite having irrigation tied to their water main, many South Florida properties do not include this detail).
Smart = no mess, no fuss!