ET Water Systems' Gnome smart irrigation calculator addresses water management concerns
A recent Black & Veatch survey revealed that utilities' number one concern is water management and conservation. ET Water Systems offers its customers a free service that addresses this issue. The Gnome smart irrigation calculator incorporates advanced horticulture and evapotranspiration science along with cloud-based computing and communication similar to those utilized in ET Water's smart irrigation solutions for commercial and industrial customers, without the investment in hardware or ongoing subscription costs.
Gnome provides consumers with customized recommendations to adjust their watering--whether they water manually or via a controller--to minimize water use while maintaining healthy landscapes. Gnome develops these recommendations based on real-time weather gathered from thousands of weather stations along with irrigation calculations based on the unique location and characteristics of each consumer and their landscape.
"Landscape water demand peaks seasonally from July through September, coinciding with the highest seasonal demand for electricity. Gnome reduces total water use during this summer period and, therefore, the energy required to provide that water," Pat McIntyre, CEO of ET Water Systems, said in an interview with FierceEnergy. "Plus, by encouraging homeowners to shift irrigation to early morning hours, it shaves peak electric demand during the noon to 6:00 pm period, when residential energy use typically peaks."
Gnome can assist water utilities to more efficiently utilize their infrastructure by making recommendations to consumers that enable shifting and shaving of water system peaks, while optimizing the health of each landscape. Broad deployment of the Gnome service will result in the greatest benefit for utilities.
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