Landscape Irrigation Auditing: A Mobile Laboratory Approach for Small Communities
Harrison, Kerry A.
Thomas, Daniel L.
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Landscape irrigation is one of the first water resource uses to be affected by designated drought or water restriction conditions. In large cities, personnel and funds may be allocated to help encourage improved approaches to outside water use. However, many small communities lack the funds to hire personnel to help with their outside water management and must revert to “system-wide bans”. Obviously, outside watering bans have a direct and long-term potential impact on some of our most dynamic and thriving industries: landscape plant nurseries and turf/sod farms. Landscape irrigation is notoriously inefficient because irrigation systems can rarely be designed, installed, and maintained at the highest level attainable (unless available funds are not limited and the owner is very conscientious and knowledgeable).