Smart Landscape Watering Systems Reduce Hotel Water Costs while Maintaining a Beautiful and Healthy Landscape
Summer is here and most green hotels have geared up to make sure their lawn and landscape stays green and beautiful for the enjoyment of guests and improved occupancy rates. As you start switching on those irrigation systems, now is a good time to think about controlling utility costs and being environmentally friendly.
Over watering of lawns and landscapes is the most common cause of water waste. It not only runs up the utility bills, but also can cause other problems including:
- Plant diseases such as root rot
- Run-off from your lawn and landscape, which may contribute to the pollution of streams and lakes (because lawn care chemicals go along with it)
- More frequent mowing and pruning from rapid plant growth
- Excessive “green waste,” which has become a costly waste disposal problem for cities and counties
How can a hotel use water efficiently with an irrigation system?
Recent innovative technologies can now help green hotel operators reduce wasted water and decrease utility expenses. A weather based watering technology, SmartLine, has proven to be an economical choice for green hotels of any size.
How Does it Work?
Stated simply, it’s like a thermostat for the landscape. The Weathermatic SmartLine System replaces the existing sprinkler timers that operate like the old egg timer. The SmartLine System uses weather readings from a small, on-property weather station to automatically calculate precise run times for the plants in each zone. It uses the sprinkler precipitation rates, soil type, and slope to apply water in run and soak cycles at a rate the soil can accept. This technology also eliminates the need to have lawn maintenance crews manually adjusting controllers to match the ever-changing weather conditions.
Real Dollar and Water Savings
With over 200,000 installations in 80 countries, SmartLine water savings range from 20 to over 60% and wasteful irrigation runoff is virtually eliminated. This high efficiency system results in a return on investment of typically 12 months or less.
You Only Know What You Measure
Another helpful feature is the SmartLine Water Management Service that includes access to monthly reporting detailing site-specific water savings and performance compared to water usage goals considering the actual weather conditions. This could come in very handy not only as a monitoring device, but to verify the entire irrigation system is working properly.
For more information, visit EcoGreenHotel Store or email us at info@EcoGreenHotel.com.