The goal: To provide a comprehensive water control and monitoring solution for more than 1,000 parks and landscaped areas, including LEED-certified buildings and a fire department training center.
The solution had to allow for remote monitoring and control, providing real-time information to a central computer and mobile devices, including close monitoring of system activity that would allow for quick identification of failures or disruptions that cause water leakage.
Over time, the customer wanted to track expected versus actual water use in each of the automatically irrigated areas. In addition, the urban irrigation system was expected to be expanded to include non-irrigation functions such as controlling ground lighting of athletic fields.
With the Mottech system in place, the City of Calgary Parks Department reduced its water costs by about $4 million annually and saved more than $3 million annually in labor, vehicle, and equipment expenses for manual management of citywide irrigation systems.