Tag: irrigation system

Irrigation is the artificial application of water to the land or soil. It is used to assist in the growing of agricultural crops, maintenance of landscapes, and revegetation of disturbed soils in dry areas and during periods of inadequate rainfall. Additionally, irrigation also has a few other uses in crop production, which include protecting plants against frost, suppressing weed growth in grain fields[2] and preventing soil consolidation.

Embracing Water Audits

Embracing Water Audits

Water remains a scarce resource throughout the country. But it’s important, even for utilities that aren’t serving drought-stricken areas, to make sure that they are getting paid the right amount for the water they are delivering. It’s important, too, that they quickly identify and repair costly leaks throughout their systems.

On the Ground and Underground

On the Ground and Underground

A lot of good things have been said about Frank R. Bowerman Landfill in Orange County, CA. It has recently powered up a major methane-to-electrical generation station to capture and reuse landfill gasses that some waste operations would be content just to burn off as waste. According to Robert Sjoquist,

Love and Haight

Love and Haight

This article presents a case study of the first green infrastructure (GI) Early Implementation Project (EIP), constructed under the Sewer ­System Improvement Program (SSIP) by the San Francisco Public Utilities ­Commission (SFPUC). The SSIP is a 20-year, multibillion-dollar citywide investment required to upgrade the aging sewer infrastructure to ensure a

Tampa Tackles Flooding

Tampa Tackles Flooding

Located on the western coast of Florida, Tampa is situated between two bodies of water: Old Tampa Bay and Hillsborough Bay. They flow together to form Tampa Bay, which joins the Gulf of Mexico.

Irrigating With Non-Potable Water

Irrigating With Non-Potable Water

Not so long ago, it seemed that there would always be plenty of fresh water to go around. Parents filled up and emptied inflatable swimming pools, children played in lawn sprinklers for hours, and cars were washed in driveways every Saturday without so much as a moment’s hesitation. Water seemed

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting

Although various forms of rainwater harvesting have been used for thousands of years, as an organized industry, it is still in its infancy. At present, no national standards are in place regulating its use, although various states and municipalities have begun promulgating laws concerning how rainwater may (or may not)

Just Enough and No More

Just Enough and No More

Even with an almost-normal year of rain, some states are still experiencing drought and will be for the foreseeable future. Runoff from snowmelt in California’s Sierra Mountains is less than expected. And although the state has somewhat relaxed its restrictions on water use, conservation is still critical.

This blog from the

Reader Profile: Sue Maki

Reader Profile: Sue Maki

Sue Maki views her mission as raising community awareness of the water-energy nexus and the impact of climate change. Maki manages environmental
initiatives, community education, and public relations for Carmel, IN’s water and wastewater utility as well as the community’s household hazardous waste and recycling programs.

Thousand Oaks Household Hazardous Waste Facility

Thousand Oaks Household Hazardous Waste Facility

The City of Thousand Oaks, CA, has operated a successful monthly collection event for the past two decades. As the monthly events were reaching maximum capacity, it was time for the City, a family-oriented community with a population of approximately 126,000 residents, to consider a permanent Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Optimizing Irrigation

Optimizing Irrigation

Commercial growers, property managers, and landscapers can attest to how sophisticated and beneficial irrigation monitoring has become in terms of optimizing water consumption and plant growth, and maximizing operational profitability. Two examples from California—where much of the nation’s food supply is produced but where water availability remains a critical public

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