With the advent of more affordable central control systems, and proper design considerations, larger communities can become much more efficient in their use of water for landscape irrigation. With weather sensors linked, central control manages and monitors irrigation water for the entire site from 1 location. This system also expedites the process of utilizing alternate water sources, for an even greater savings to the community- both in dollars spent, and water saved. Aqua-Mist has been brought in as consultants during the planning stages by the Land Development divisions of major developers we have subcontracted for.
River Pointe is a 504 single-family retirement community in Manchester, NJ built by Pulte Homes. The water supply for the irrigation system is comprised of two stormwater retention ponds - 2.5 acres and 1.5 acres. These ponds are connected to all the stormwater drains in the streets as well as all downspouts from individual homes. The combined holding capacity of these ponds is over 11 million gallons of water.
There is a 400 GPM RainBird pumping station at each of these ponds. RainBird Site Control decoder system runs irrigation system for the entire site from the central computer in the clubhouse. There is monitoring of all flow in the irrigation lines and this feature controls automatic shutdown of the pumps in the event of a break in the supply line.
There is no potable city water connection to the irrigation system, and no water bill associated with the landscape. Conservation of our most precious resource is helping the River Pointe community to go “green”. Aqua-Mist monitors the site computer on a daily basis via our secure Internet network connection.
Wanaque Reserve is a 750 unit, 10 multi-story building community set amongst the Ramapo Mountains in Wanaque, NJ. Pulte Homes has created one of the more scenic active adult communities in Northern NJ.
Once again, we chose the versatile RainBird Site Control decoder system. The irrigation controller is able to facilitate an uninterrupted watering schedule, an important aspect on sites where there is active construction occuring. In addition, the “2-wire” system is capable of handling additions to the system because of the design or location of buildings, drives, and plantings. Even the sequence of building construction is not an obstacle for the site control central computer.
Aqua-Mist monitors the site computer on a daily basis via our secure Internet network connection.
Four Seasons at Great Notch is an 886 unit townhouse community built by K. Hovnanian on the site of a former rock quarry adjacent to Garrett Mountain in West Paterson and Clifton, NJ.
Location, location, location is the biggest challenge with the construction of this community. Rock conditions and steep elevation changes played a major role in design considerations. There will be 11 separate city water supply connections in various strategic locations within the complex upon completion of construction. It is therefore extremely important that the irrigation system uses water efficiently. This is also an active construction site, with all the complications of machinery traffic, excavation and building schedules.
All these considerations make for an easy choice for the control system-RainBird Site Control, monitored on a daily basis by Aqua-Mist over our secure Internet connection.