The campus facilities department has designed a campuswide irrigation system that will save money by conserving water, minimizing landscape replacement and maintenance and improving the beauty of the campus.
Current irrigation at Johnson C. Smith University is either attached to a building waterline or connected to the internal campus waterline. Other landscaped areas are irrigated using a water tank on a truck or with movable water hoses. These methods are wasteful and uneven, as well as costly to operate and maintain.
As a solution, the University installed the first phase of the Rain Bird Water Smart Irrigation System in the fall of 2011 to support the entire University grounds. Usage is measured by two water meters on the west and east sides of campus. Once completed, the system will house all the zones in a single location with a single control cabinet and will operate remotely. The system has a weather station that helps control the watering times so overwatering can be avoided and conservation maximized.
In addition, a central irrigation main line runs from the main entrance to the Sustainability Village and will connect to future irrigation sites in the central University grounds. Another main line will run from the main entrance to the archway and along the perimeter road, connecting irrigation points on the perimeter to a single water meter. All stand-alone irrigation or those connected to the building will be separated and connected to the Rain Bird Water Smart Irrigation System.
Significant savings will result in this integrated irrigation system - from water management and conservation standpoints to fewer plant material replacements and reduced grounds crew labor.