5th UF Water Institute Symposium Abstract

Submitter's Name Eliza Breder
Session Name Poster Session - Water & Nutrients in Managed Landscapes
Poster Number 50
Author(s) Eliza Breder,  Graduate Research Assistant (Presenting Author)
  Michael Dukes,  Professor, P.E.
  Landscape Irrigation Patterns as Influenced by Smart Irrigation Controllers
  Two types of smart irrigation controllers, soil moisture sensors (SMS) and evapotranspiration controllers (ET) have been installed on single family homes in Orange County Florida with irrigation history that exceeds the gross irrigation requirement. Along with the smart controllers group an additional control group were fitted with irrigation meters collecting data hourly. Data has been collected for three years to determine water conservation potential of these smart controllers under two implementation strategies, with University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF-IFAS) recommendations and with contractor installs. Throughout those three years, water savings compared to the control group ranges from 12% to 45%. Standard water restrictions in the Orange County area vary from 1 to 2 times a week by season. SMS and ET specific treatments are known to irrigate three days a week by a pre-programmed setting while conserving water. To analyze the water conserving potential of the treatments at a higher irrigation frequency the weekly irrigation patterns of the smart irrigation technology treatments and the control group were compared.