For commercial properties, landscape irrigation is often the single largest use of water.
Landscape irrigation systems can use as much as 50% of a facility’s water profile.
It’s also the area of greatest concern for property damage as a result of the winter season.
Broken Irrigation Line Under Parking Lot
Case in point: this large commercial retail property found a gusher of an event when the automated, “smart” irrigation system was turned back on for the spring.
Water from a broken irrigation pipe flowed between 45 and over 100 gallons per minute, enough to waste over 110,000 gallons in a day, and erode part of the parking lot foundation at the same time.
A 40 gallon per minute leak will waste over 110,00 gallons of water in 48 hours. That’s enough for 3 weeks of peak watering at a typical facility, or about the volume of a backyard swimming pool. Imagine if waste at that level happens for a week?
Chart of Real Time Water Use
Thankfully, because the property had APANA’s Intelligent Water Management Platform, they were alerted to the issue in real time and were able to get a landscape irrigation contractor to fix the broken pipe in a matter of days.
Had the property been unmonitored, the waste event would have run until sinkholes in the parking lot were unmistakable.
Being forewarned is forearmed. APANA offers real-time protection against the dangers of water.
As you look to restarting your landscape irrigation in 2019, consider the APANA smart water management solution. The benefits and peace of mind will provide returns beyond water conservation alone.