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Smart Irrigation System

In Australia, water conservation has become topical and is receiving a renewed focus across the broader community. 

Goodman continues to investigate methods to help reduce water waste (and waste more generally), and have developed a new water saving initiative.

A pilot program in Sydney’s outer west has recently commenced which has delivered a 35% (or 160,000 litres) reduction in overall water usage over a three-month period, and as a result will see this initiative being implemented across the wider Australian portfolio.
 

What is a Smart Irrigation System?

Wireless based adjustment control system

  • Allows remote access to water programmes via a smart device anywhere nationally
  • Allows water programme adjustments at an asset or the entire portfolio to be made remotely
  • Predictive watering adjustments based on local weather/soil moisture levels.

Automatic fault detection  

  • Leak detection using pulse water meter
  • Flow sensing alerts based on set tolerances reducing water loss and equipment damage
  • Real-time email alarm warnings for breakages or faults. 

Real time water usage data 

  •  Live dashboards providing real-time water usage data
  • Comprehensive reporting system to meet both internal and external requirements.
 

What is the impact of the Smart Irrigation System?

  • Reduced water usage – 61% water saving (19 million litres - equal to almost 8 Olympic sized swimming pools) for the three months to 31 March 2020, based on 25 sites.
  • Reduced operating expenses – removes human intervention and audits saving potentially 3,600 hours nationally 
  • Reduced capital costs – removes circa $100,000 in capital cost per annum associated with plant replacement due to irrigation issues
  • Healthier landscaping and improved presentation – plants and lawns are being watered as and when required.

By June 2020, we are targeting to have the irrigation system installed across 41 sites with a further rollout of sites planned during FY21.

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