KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., April 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 12, 2012, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) approved the first UgMO wireless soil moisture sensor system petition for a variance from watering day restrictions. This decision makes UgMO the first and only smart irrigation technology to be eligible for a watering day variance for residents and businesses within SFWMD. Variance eligibility is available to all those who reside in towns that do not have more stringent restrictions than SFWMD. Residents and businesses can request an appointment to install UgMO and become eligible for a watering variance by following the steps outlined at www.ugmo.com/variance. The variance is valid year-round, provided it is installed according to the program developed with SFWMD(1).
Through a controlled study, UgMO Technologies, a Pennsylvania based company, demonstrated to SFWMD that irrigation systems using UgMO saved more water than 2-day-per-week watering restrictions.
In June of 2011, UgMO began its ongoing study, in Palm City, FL, to document that properties with the UgMO system, allowed to water any day of the week, would use less water and be healthier than properties on 2-day per week watering restrictions without UgMO.
After more than six months of data, UgMO controlled properties used 50% less water than those properties being watered on a 2-day per week schedule and the landscape was reported to be healthier.
UgMO was also installed on a third of the Palm Beach Atlantic University campus last summer. In just 6 months, PBAU reported that UgMO had saved them 4 million gallons of water and $20,000 in water cost.
In response to the increasing demand on water resources and infrastructure, Water Management officials have implementing watering day restrictions. Unfortunately, in many cases, this has not resulted in widespread water use reduction. In fact, analysis has shown that property owners often dramatically over-water on days that they are allowed to water.
UgMO wireless sensors are installed below the surface of the grass or landscaping in each irrigation zone and read the moisture level and temperature of the soil. They wirelessly transmit this data back to a base station that is attached to the existing irrigation clock and takes control of the irrigation system. UgMO always knows how much water is in the soil and it keeps the moisture in the optimal moisture zone for the particular soil type. UgMO independently waters zone-by-zone, so each area of the landscaping is controlled separately, allowing for instance, shadier areas to receive less moisture then an area in full sun, which inevitably dries out more quickly.
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About UgMO Technologies
Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pa., UgMO Technologies is a national environmental technology solutions company that designs, manufactures and markets innovative, wireless soil sensor systems and software.
(1) Visit www.UgMO.com/variance for program details.
Kristin Schinella/UgMO Technologies
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