Starting your landscape plan for this year? Hoping to do your part to conserve water during times of drought?
Check out the Landscape Drip Irrigation Scheduler app developed by the University of Arizona College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. The app allows you to identify your property, add plants and emitters and – voila! – get a Water Wise Schedule!
This app was made possible thanks to a grant from the Innovative Conservation Program (ICP), a partnership of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Central Arizona Project, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Southern California Gas Company, Southern Nevada Water Authority and Western Resource Advocates. The program is aimed at evaluating the water savings potential and reliability of innovative water saving devices, technologies and strategies.
Think you or someone you know might have the next great idea for a water-saving device or technology? Now’s your chance – the most recent Request for Proposals was just issued. Subject to funding availability, a total of $525,000 will competitively be awarded to proposals seeking up to $50,000. The deadline is March 22, 2018 at 1 p.m. PST. To learn more, you can also log-on to an information webinar to be hosted Feb. 21 from noon to 1 p.m. MST. Registration is required.
In addition to the Landscape Drip Irrigation Scheduler mentioned above, inventive approaches funded in previous ICP cycles have included replacing “dripper wells” in ice cream shops/restaurants; sensor-based irrigation in vineyards; a pressurized water broom that replaces the need to hose patios, driveways and sidewalks; a solar-driving graywater treatment unit for single-family residential use; and the use of drones to optimize golf course irrigation.
ICP fits in well with the Lake Mead Conservation program CAP and its partners have been collaborating on for the past few years. Conservation efforts have left more than 10 feet in Lake Mead since 2014, keeping Arizona out of shortage for the past three years. Continued focus on conservation is critical as the Southwest continues to face drought conditions and a structural deficit that has over-allocated the Lower Basin’s share of Colorado River Water.
Since ICP launched in 2001, the program has awarded 67grants totaling $2.4 million. More information on the Innovative Conservation Program, including lists of past projects, is available at bewaterwise.com/ICP.