Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JUL 2018

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Smart Upgrade A By Alli Rael, LC/DBM Above In addition to turf areas, Crystal Cove's 3,674 acres include many trees, shrubs and flowers. With the smart irrigation system, which consists of 167 con- trollers, each area had to be programmed to irrigate appropriately for the plant material. Above A high-end residential community on the coast of Southern California, Crystal Cove was in need of an update to their irrigation system. Some parts of the 500-acre common area were being completely under-watered, while others were left complete- ly underwater. Park West Companies, a leading provider of landscape construction, landscape management and tree care services, conducted a full irrigation analysis before replacing the existing system with a smart irrigation system. C Crystal Cove is a 3,674-acre residen- tial community located on the coast of Orange County, California. Park West, a leading provider of landscape con - struction, landscape management and tree care services, recently completed a smart irrigation installation at the luxury community. "Originally, we looked at upgrading the existing equipment. But when we evaluated its general capabilities and what that would have cost, we deter - mined that installing a new system was a better fit for the community overall," said Danny Smith, director of water management at Park West. Contributing Factors The existing irrigation controllers were based on analog phone lines and hardwire communication. Smith noted, "What we found was that the communications were essentially not working." A multitude of factors con - tributed to this – ground squirrels and gophers chewing through the wires as well as the construction of new home phases over the years. The irrigation team at Park West conducted a full analysis of the existing system. "There were several areas that were in penalty" for the amount of water be - ing used, said Smith. They also found that there were areas being under-wa - tered. They checked each point of con- nection, basket strainer, master valve and flow sensor and if they did not look like they would be functional within three years, they were either flagged for service or replaced completely. 16 LC DBM Park West Installs Smart Irrigation at Crystal Cove

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