Friday, August 23, 2013

Technology helps cut district landscaping water usage

More than $20,000 is expected to be saved in the next school year and San Diego Unified will help the region conserve water with a new irrigation management control system for its nearly 200 facilities.

The new Ethernet-connected devices at district facilities will allow greater efficiency and more cost effective remote monitoring of irrigation systems.This system monitors and controls irrigation systems using weather, vegetation type, and other data to help the San Diego Unified conserve water usage at nearly 200 facilities.
During the 2012-13 school year, Keith Hetzler and Tom Groot, Irrigation Control Specialists, and the Telecommunications Department coordinated efforts to successfully support the installation of Ethernet communication converters in place of old phone lines and modems within San Diego Unified's existing Central Irrigation Management Control System.

This changeover in hardware will realize an immediate payback in its first year of operation. For additional information contact Jim Hallauer, Planned Projects Supervisor, Scripps Mesa Zone at, 858-627-7116.