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Developing a Model Irrigation Dissemination Program for Homeowners

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  Paper number  131621419,  2013 Kansas City, Missouri, July 21 - July 24, 2013. (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.13031/aim.20131621419) @2013
Authors:   Charles L Swanson, Guy Fipps
Keywords:   Landscape Irrigation Irrigation Scheduling Homeowners Evapotranspiration

Abstract. Over the past 60 years, research and demonstration projects have shown that using evapotranspiration (ET) based irrigation schedules can save significant amounts of water. In urban settings, automatic irrigation systems typically are improperly programmed and “over-irrigate” (and waste) 20%-50% of the water applied. Many municipalities have struggled to develop outdoor water conservation programs to address these problems, with mixed results. This paper discusses an innovative approach for providing ET-based irrigation schedules.

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