|Submission Date||Feb. 6, 2013|
Western Washington University
OP-T2-48: Weather-Informed Irrigation
Supervisor of Outdoor Maintenance
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:
Western does not use weather data to adjust the irrigation programming; however, we have begun to implement rain sensors on our irrigation systems. Rain Sensors essentially take the elements of weather in the form of rain, wind, and humidity, and simulate the amount of precipitation that will benefit a landscape. There are adjustment gauges on the side of the sensors to allow for fine tuning if a sensor deactivates the irrigation system when more water is needed. Every system must have an individual sensor. Currently, there are 33 separate irrigation systems of which only 5 have rain sensors. Western is working to install a minimum 5 sensors per year to the irrigation systems that can adapt to them. Overall, about 14 percent of the irrigation systems use rain sensors. We hope to have all systems using sensors by 2016.
The website URL where information about the practice is available:
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