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Smart Irrigation: Improving Water Conservation
There’s irrigation and then there’s “smart” irrigation. The difference? About 470,000 gallons of water.
When you’re looking to keep plants hydrated in the heat, it takes a lot of resources. Recognizing the importance of water conservation, The Home Depot partnered with HydroPoint. In 2019, they piloted a smart irrigation system to save water at the store in Kennesaw, Georgia and several other sites.
The smart irrigation system uses remote monitoring to observe temperature, wind, solar radiation, and humidity. This information is sent to controllers that adjust the system to meet the current weather demands. The intuitive system will never automatically water plants on a rainy day because it is “scheduled.” The smart controllers also run remote checks and alert associates through a mobile system if valves aren't operating or if there are connectivity issues.
This irrigation system improves water conservation by up to 40% versus traditional systems. More than 400 stores have the HydroPoint system installed, and the company is continuing to expand the technology to additional stores.