In Australia, water conservation has become topical and is receiving a renewed focus across the broader community.
Goodman continues to investigate methods to help reduce water waste (and waste more generally), and have developed a new water saving initiative.
A pilot program in Sydney’s outer west has recently commenced which has delivered a 35% (or 160,000 litres) reduction in overall water usage over a three-month period, and as a result will see this initiative being implemented across the wider Australian portfolio.
What is a Smart Irrigation System?
Wireless based adjustment control system
Allows remote access to water programs via a smart device anywhere nationally
Allows water program adjustments at an asset or the entire portfolio to be made remotely
Predictive watering adjustments based on local weather/soil moisture levels.
Automatic fault detection
Leak detection using pulse water meter
Flow sensing alerts based on set tolerances reducing water loss and equipment damage
Real-time email alarm warnings for breakages or faults.
Real time water usage data
Live dashboards providing real-time water usage data
Comprehensive reporting system to meet both internal and external requirements.
What is the impact of the Smart Irrigation System?
Reduced water usage – 61% water saving (19 million litres - equal to almost 8 Olympic sized swimming pools) for the three months to 31 March 2020, based on 25 sites.
Reduced operating expenses – removes human intervention and audits saving potentially 3,600 hours nationally
Reduced capital costs – removes circa $100,000 in capital cost per annum associated with plant replacement due to irrigation issues
Healthier landscaping and improved presentation – plants and lawns are being watered as and when required.