Frequently Asked Questions Irrigation Auditing Kelowna Okanagan BC Canada Residential Commercial FAQ - Waterkind

1. What is an Irrigation Effiiciency Program?

An Irrigation Efficiency Program (IEP) includes a number of key elements including Irrigation Specifications and inspection processes, to achieve higher uniformity (less water use) and lower maintenance costs for irrigation systems. The results are overall savings and more atrractive and usable green spaces.  See the Services tab for more details.

 

2. What is Landscape Irrigation Auditing?

A Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA) works with you to manage and schedule your irrigation system(s) efficiently. Irrigation Auditing begins with the gathering of site information followed by on-site testing and then recommendations for improving the system. Recommendations result from analyzing the site data such as catch-can information.

 

3. How does GPS Mapping work?

Using survey quality equipment and an experienced team, highly accurate irrigation system as-builts can be created.  Satellites feed the location data back during the mapping process and once the map is completed in the field, the post processing software results in centimeter accuracy!  The map is created in GIS format and Waterkind then brings this information into Autocad where it can be manipulated to create an easy to follow and easy to plan with design.

4. What is a Certified Irrigation Designer (CID)?

A Certified Irrigation Designer must have the experience and knowledge to pass an irrigation design exam. In British Columbia, most Certified Irrigation Designers are certified through the IIABC (Irrigation Association of British Columbia).  It is important to note that at present, most irrigation industry certifications in North America involved one or two days of preparation and a multi-hour exam.  While certifications are a good starting point for finding qualified professionals, end-users should also ask for references and level of experience.

5. How does a professionally designed system improve efficiency and water conservation (versus doing it myself)?

Professionally designed systems should take into consideration key design parameters including plant material, soil types, water source information and other user requirements such as watering windows. If you are not familiar with the parameters mentioned and how to incorporate them into your irrigation design, then having your system professionally designed will have benefits for you. It is a positive step towards a system with high efficiency and low maintenance.

6. What types of organizations does the term “Commercial” refer to with respect to the services that Waterkind offers?

Commercial Services are available to municipalities and other public organizations as well as golf courses and other for profit companies. Basically if you are not a residential or agricultural user you would fall into the category of commercial.

7. In British Columbia we appear to have a great deal of water, why so much emphasis on water conservation?

The blunt truth is that anyone who believes that there is an endless and/or replenishable supply of freshwater available is wrong. It is not an endlessly renewable resource and we are depleting it at an unprecedented rate. Aquifers are drying up and huge bodies of water are rapidly shrinking.  While the actual volume of water on the earth does not change, where it migrates to, how it is stored and quality levels are all subject to change and result in water crises around the world.

Freshwater sources such at The Great Lakes which holds almost 20% of the worlds supply are being looked at with envy and anticipation by countries around the world, particularly our neighbour to the south.

Globally, less than 2% of the world’s water store is fresh water – to quench the thirst of 6 billion people. And according to the International Food Policy Research Institute, by 2020, an additional 2 billion people will be competing for this shrinking resource.

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