“Smart controllers” automatically program the irrigation system operations according to daily weather conditions, which are transmitted to the Smart controllers through a network of satellite communications systems.
In response to the recent water shortage and the County Board of Supervisors mandate to reduce water usage by 20%, the Department of Parks and Recreation implemented seven projects to upgrade existing irrigation controllers with water efficient “Smart controllers” at seven (7) County parks.
After a twelve (12) month monitoring of the Smart controller performance at seven County parks a 23% reduction in water usage was achieved. This water usage reduction resulted in 219 million gallons of water saved, and a $385,000 cost savings.
An initial $1,000,000 was funded by the County’s Chief Executive Office for project construction. As a result of this project $208,000 of water conservation rebates was received from the water utility companies.
Phase I projects included: Jesse Owens Community Regional Park, Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area, Hollywood Bowl Perfuming Arts Center, El Cariso Community Regional Park, Veterans Memorial Community Regional Park, and Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park