Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 35.74
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2011
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University of Utah
Tier2-5: Weather-Informed Irrigation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Myron Willson
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution use weather data or weather sensors to automatically adjust irrigation practices?:

A brief description of how weather data or sensors are used:

Recently the University purchased a central computer program that utilizes a Campbell Scientific weather station. The computer updates irrigation schedules based on weather station data daily.

The Central Computer utilizes data from the weather station to base watering schedules on evapotranspiration. The weather station looks at temperature, rainfall, humidity, solar radiation and wind to determine the needs of the plants on campus. Plant types, microclimates, soil, slope, and sprinkler head precipitation rate considerations are entered into the computer on a zone by zone basis and the duration and repetition of an irrigation schedule are determined by the computer.

The website URL where information about the practice is available:

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