THE WEATHERMATIC SOLUTION
In early 2007, Weathermatic CEO Mike Mason proposed replacing the variety of older irrigation controllers on the 50-acre Plano campus with new SmartLine controllers and weather stations. In May 2007, Weathermatic installed 28 SmartLine controllers over approximately 500 zones.
Owen and his crew appreciate the simple setup and programming of the SmartLine controllers. Now, if a controller needs to be reprogrammed to accommodate an event, “It’s very easy to adjust as needed or to tell someone else how to adjust it,” Owen says. “If I can adjust a SmartLine controller, anyone can. [They] are very easy to set and adjust and move around.” They are also impressed with the Automatic setting. Although it took a lot of trust for the crew to allow the system to run on Automatic, they soon learned that with weather stations and the smart functionality of the controllers, it really did help them reduce water usage and keep the landscape healthy.
The Plano campus was previously using an average of 51 million gallons of landscape irrigation water each year. During the first season with SmartLine controllers installed, water usage was cut by 20 million gallons and irrigation expense was reduced by approximately $41,000. The City of Plano requires residents to cut down water consumption by 5% each year and the church has been able to meet that goal every year because of their initial system upgrade and continued aggressive maintenance. Owen says the landscape looks better overall than it did before, while experiencing water savings. “Anytime we can save a dollar, that helps us. With this new system we are saving many dollars.”
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