Sprinkler systems can seem as mysterious as a magic wand. Where does the water come from, how did it get there? If something goes awry, can we blame it on goblins?
Unlike a magic wand, sprinkler systems don’t make water appear out of nowhere. For those without a ticket to Hogwarts, groundwater is a finite resource for the community and needs careful attention to maintain a clean and convenient source for years to come.
This summer the City of Vadnais Heights and White Bear Township are teaming up with the Vadnais Lake Area Water Management Organization to install a smart irrigation pilot program at Vadnais Heights City Hall and the Vadnais Heights Community Park. White Bear Township locations include Polar Lakes Park, the Township admin office, and Columbia Park.
Smart irrigation systems use a controller to monitor weather patterns or soil moisture, and adapt the watering schedule accordingly. The systems also convey detailed reports on usage across the various sprinkler zones, and are quickly accessible and adjustable with a phone or tablet. The pilot program is expected to save 30 acre-feet of groundwater annually. That’s the equivalent of 9,775,543 gallons, or 271 football fields filled with 1 inch of water. The pilot program will be evaluated at the end of the year and may be expanded to additional parks. Funding for the effort comes from City and Township funding and the VLAWMO Landscape grant program.
Pictured: Nick Ousky, Vadnais Heights Senior Engineering Technician and Lauren Sampedro, VLAWMO Watershed Technician and Program Coordinator.
Still waiting on your ticket to water-wizard school? The good news is that even without a smart irrigation system, everyone can pitch-in to help be smart and alert with our water resources. Try these basic tips to help build momentum and good habits around water use:
Saving water is a way to work together, build community, and safeguard one of our most precious resources, which is sort of like… magic!
Read up on local and regional groundwater plus find more water conservation tips at vlawmo.org/groundwater.