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Residential Irrigation Uniformity and Efficiency in Florida

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

Citation:  Paper number  022246,  2002 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.9377) @2002
Authors:   Melissa C. Baum, Michael D. Dukes, Grady L. Miller
Keywords:   residential irrigation, water use, landscape, turf, distribution uniformity, DU

Residential water use is increasing in central Florida. Irrigation accounts for 50% or more of typical residential use volume. The goal of this project is to document irrigation water use and system uniformity in the Central Florida Ridge region. Three types of irrigation/landscape combinations are being installed: T1, typical irrigation and landscape; T2, well designed irrigation system and typical landscape; T3, well designed irrigation system and a landscape designed to minimize water use. To date, seven T1s and three T3s exist. Initial results indicate that 80% of water use is irrigation. Measured distribution uniformities (DUlq) are lower than Mobile Irrigation Lab reports and may be classified as good (n=1), fair (n=3), poor (n=3), and fail (n=1) on the homes tested. Over irrigation was common among home sites.

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