Smart Moisture-Monitoring Tech Could Save Billions of Gallons of Water

Americans are guilty of wasting water; that’s not news. But did you know that businesses and homeowners overwater grass and plants by up to 300%, wasting 225 billion gallons of water each year? According to water management company Hydropoint, it’s all because of dumb irrigation systems that are guilty of saturating water-starved flora with too much of a good thing. Instead, Hydropoint suggests installing smart irrigation systems that dispense water based on amount of sunlight available, plant and soil types, and soil moisture readings.

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Homeowners and businesses regularly overwater up to 300%

These systems don’t just conserve water; they also save energy and cash. 12% of all U.S. electricity consumption in spent on watering. And in 2005, damages to buildings in California from over-watering led to $375 million in insurance claims. That’s somewhat shameful considering the state also suffers from droughts on a semi-regular basis. The government knows it too, which is why smart irrigation systems will be mandatory on new properties beginning in 2012.

Interested in buying a smart irrigation system for your home? The Irrigation Association maintains a list of climate and sensor-based products that qualify as smart controllers.


[Via Reuters]

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