The Smart Water Application Technologies (SWAT) group held its annual update meeting recently at the WaterSmart Innovations Convention and Exposition in Las Vegas. During the meeting, two new documents were introduced.

The first document was produced with contributions from both the SWAT Technology Work Group and the Promotional Working Group. Entitled Smartphone-friendly Irrigation Controllers, the matrix provides product information about the capabilities and features of the controllers that are meant to be used in residential or light commercial landscapes. While many of the products use Wi-Fi, not all of them do, yet they can interface with the controller using a smartphone.

The second document, Weather- and Soil Moisture-Based Landscape Irrigation Scheduling Devices, was recently published by the United States Bureau of Reclamation. This is a technical review report and is the sixth edition published. It includes many product details and descriptions, and it references the work SWAT has done over the years. It can be downloaded from the USBR website.

 

Work on future standards

The meeting also included a discussion about work the Technology Working Group is doing with drafting a testing standard for landscape irrigation flow sensors. This test protocol will be used to create an American National Standards Institute standard.

Additionally, a report was made on the progress for a standard to test the effectiveness and reliability of soil moisture sensors to control landscape irrigation.

If you have questions about SWAT or need further information, visit www.swatirrigation.org

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