Water Conservation

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This course is designed to provide landscape architects with continuing education credits for occupational license renewal. This publication covers global water scarcity, water conservation, origins and worldwide use of micro-irrigation, the Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense Program, “smart” irrigation, water conservation devices, watering schedules, and water audits.

We must use water wisely as individuals, businesses, communities and states. The least expensive way to accomplish this goal is through conservation. Conserved water is a water “source” in the fact that by redistributing existing water supplies through conservation efforts, there are economic, environmental and political advantages.

This publication is not intended to be all-inclusive. Each individual and/or business in its own location should be analyzed and evaluated to determine specific requirements for the desired performance. For people in the United States, water scarcity may mean rationing during summer months and/or higher water prices, however, within the next 50 years water scarcity for billions of people on this planet may mean the difference between sustenance and starvation, war and peace, life or death.
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Water / Stormwater Management
Health, Safety and Welfare
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* Comprehend local, regional and global water scarcity issues.
* Understand the importance of developing a water ethic by individuals, businesses
and communities.
* Recognize the EPA WaterSense certification and partnership program.
* Utilize “Smart” irrigation technology and products.
* Be familiar with the transition of water between the soil and the atmosphere.
* Understand the basic principles of soil moisture, soil holding capacity, and
infiltration rates.
* Analyze irrigation efficiency and distribution uniformity.
* Be familiar with the goals and purposes of irrigation audits.
* Comprehend the components of the landscape irrigation audit.
* Develop the skills and ability to test and analyze irrigation systems for greater
* Determine water requirements, irrigation frequency, precipitation rates and
station run times.
* Be familiar with the definitions of irrigation scheduling.
* Develop the skills to evaluate an irrigation system for proper scheduling.
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