Despite the onset of El Nino, the drought in California continues to wreak havoc on agriculture, business and the state’s residents alike. Builders and developers are also affected and many have begun to look at both temporary and longer term strategies for addressing the region’s water shortage in their new home developments.
One new master planned community – Spring Mountain Ranch in Riverside, California – uses a number of drought resistant measures, home and irrigation technologies and landscaping efforts aimed at the conservation of this most valuable resource. The robust suite of water conservation and efficiency solutions being employed at Spring Mountain Ranch is a joint effort of the development team and local municipalities including iStar, KB Home, Riverside Highland, County of Riverside, CSA 126 and Sitescapes.
The first set of water conservation measures integrated into Spring Mountain Ranch is the community’s irrigation systems. These employ a central control and an onsite weather station in a system, which allows all irrigation controllers to be linked to one control platform that can be easily maintained and monitored anytime anywhere. The real-time weather station updates all irrigation controllers within the community for adjustments on run times and shut downs and bases these directives on live measures for air temperature and air moisture. If an unfortunate leak or break occurs, water waste is minimal as the system automatically shuts down.
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