Today we are featuring a technical report from the Klamath Waters Digital Library, “Weather based technologies for residential irrigation scheduling: technical review report”
This report was prepared by the US Bureau of Reclamation in May 2004 for the Municipal Water District of Orange County, and covers topics such as irrigation and legal issues and innovation with irrigation techniques.
From the introduction, “Water agencies implementing water use efficiency programs have long struggled to achieve quantifiable and reliable water savings in residential landscapes. Historically, programs targeting residential landscape savings have focused on education including irrigation system maintenance, irrigation scheduling and climate appropriate plantings. Although these efforts have garnered savings, these savings are usually short lived as newly acquired techniques are readily forgotten.
In the late 1990’s, the Irvine Ranch Water District, Municipal Water District of Orange County and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California learned about an emerging irrigation management technology now dubbed “Smart Irrigation Controllers” or “Weather-based Irrigation Timers”. This technology removes the need for homeowners to make regular scheduling adjustments because the controller or timer adjusts the schedule automatically as weather changes.”