Class 3

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  1. Learning objectives
    1. Use automatic controllers, know the pitfalls of “smart controllers”
    2. Determine the amount of irrigation delivered by different systems
    3. How to search and apply for rebates through ‘Bewaterwise.com’
  2. Homework review
    1. Client system evaluation
      1. What brand/manufacturer are they using
      2. How long does it take to water 1.5”?
      3. How would you water natives with this system?
  3. Discussion: Smart Controllers
  4. In-class exercise
    1. Program a “Smart Controller”
  5. Discussion: Troubleshooting irrigation problems
  6. Discussion: Water use regulations
    1. WELO (Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance)-State level ordinance which promotes the efficient use of water in new and retrofitted landscapes over 500 square feet
    2. CIMIS (CA Irrigation Management Information Systems)-Network of weather stations collecting data across the state for the efficient application of irrigation
    3. MAWA (Maximum Allowed Water Allowance)- This is the upper limit of the annual allowed water for an established landscape area. The calculated number is based upon the size of the Landscape and evapotranspiration (ETo).
    4. WUCOLS (Water Use Classification of Landscape Species)-Dataset of irrigation needs of over 3,500 species of plants use in landscapes in the state of CA
  7. In-class exercise
    1. Identify your nearest CIMIS station
  8. Discussion: Fee-based irrigation services
  9. Discussion: LADWP Rebates
  10. In-class exercises
    1. Research and Evaluate the rebates offered by LADWP
  11. Resources
    1. CIMIS: CA Irrigation Management Information Systems
    2. EPA Water Budget Data Finder: Determine peak watering month and the appropriate evapotranspiration and rainfall values for a specific United States zip code.
    3. Rebate info: SoCal Water$mart Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers (English) 
    4. LADWP Water Conservation Rebates and Programs 
  12. Homework
    1. Evaluate what rebates your clients are qualified for. Write down evaluations and be prepared to discuss them in the next class.

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