A home-based irrigation system that’s precision engineered and automated for optimal water flow and yields is getting a lot of attention from water regulators.
The goal is to get farmers, ranchers, and gardeners to start using the system sooner rather than later.
But the process has a long way to go to be ready for the next generation of home water use, which will likely be far more sophisticated than the one we’ve experienced.
It’s also the kind of thing that would be difficult to put in a new home, let alone a new building, said Paul Poynter, an assistant professor at Georgia Tech and co-author of a new book, Precision Water.
The technology has been around for a long time, but the system that came out of the U.S. military in the 1970s is still the standard for irrigation systems.
But that’s not the case everywhere.
For example, a few years ago, a Canadian company made an artificial turf system that could do it all: Water the lawn, make the soil fertile, and even help it grow in the winter.
But those systems didn’t come out in the United States until the mid-2000s.
The real innovation is coming from the Chinese, said Poynster.
“I’m not saying that we have to use artificial turf to irrigate our lawns, but it’s getting more sophisticated and more affordable,” he said.
“The key thing to take away from the book is that there are a lot more systems than there were a decade ago, and we have a lot to learn from other countries,” he added.
What’s the process?
There are different types of systems, said Mike Farr, an irrigation systems consultant who teaches irrigation systems at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Some are more straightforward than others.
Some require just a small amount of water.
Some use irrigation pumps and pumps that use pressure.
Some simply use water to create the soil, while others can do both.
In some cases, a system can use multiple pumps, while in others, a small system can be used on a large scale.
Poyner said the most basic of irrigation systems involves pumping a lot, and then using water to fertilize the soil.
The idea is that the water is being pumped into the ground through a small pipe that’s connected to a sprinkler system.
Water is then added, and water flows through the system to the lawn.
Poynner said there’s also a lot that’s learned from using soil.
“We’ve changed a lot over the last 10 to 15 years in terms of how we think about the system, the kind we’re using,” he explained.
The water in a typical lawn irrigation system has to be in the soil for three to six months.
Poysner said most systems are about 10 to 12 years old, with some systems lasting more than 10 years.
He said most homeowners will want to water a lawn once every year, but they can also water it more often if the lawn is very green or if the water supply is limited.
“In the case of the green lawn, you might want to put your sprinklers every three to four months,” he suggested.
Some systems, like those for backyard lawns that include a sprinklers system, may not be water-intensive enough.
In some cases though, Poyners said, the water will be more efficient and will be able to take care of the lawn at a higher rate.
Another important component is the irrigation system itself.
“The system should be able be replaced,” Poynes said.
“A lot of the times, the system will last longer than the homeowners or the system itself.”
In a more complicated system, water can be pumped from the ground to the system.
In that case, water is pumped from one source, such as a sprinkling system, to another source, which might include a reservoir.
The system then pumps water to a system, which pumps water back to the ground.
The end result is the system being water-efficient, Poyster said.