How maintaining in-ground irrigation systems can help condos lower utility bills
Several seasons of wear and tear can impact the efficiency of a condominium’s in-ground irrigation system. Some of the major causes of water waste are: leaks, broken or improper head, outdated control technology and improper scheduling. All of these inefficiencies come at an unnecessary cost, and long-term studies indicate an average of 55 per cent of the water used for irrigation on condominium properties is wasted.
With water rates increasing eight to 10 per cent each year, property managers are under pressure to reduce operating costs by lowering the impact of utility bills. Maintaining irrigation systems is one way to reduce water waste and save money without impacting the health or quality of the landscape. In fact, a well-maintained system improves the property’s appearance by applying the correct amount of water to the landscape.
Who to consult
Property managers can turn to Water Smart Irrigation Professionals (WSIP) for help with irrigation system management. The Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association developed the specialized training and certification program for WSIP in partnership with Landscape Ontario, the Regional Municipality of York and the Region of Peel. WSIP assess these systems to identify efficiency opportunities and demonstrate their associated returns on investment (ROI).
WSIP-certified firms can detect damaged or leaking irrigation system hardware and customize a maintenance plan to help maximize the life of systems. The formal assessment report the firms produce enables property managers to effectively communicate the potential water and money-saving opportunities to owners and condominium boards.