The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department recently completed the Maxicom Water Conservation Project at four city parks through a $40,000 grant from El Paso Water.
Rain Bird Maxicom is a computerized central control system that was installed at John Lyons, Barron and Pico Norte Parks along with the Westside Sports Complex that provides automated, weather based-irrigation control and monitoring to detect breaks and other issues while preventing water waste.
“The expected water savings due to the installation of Maxicom could be upwards of 20%,” said Director of El Paso Parks and Recreation Tracy Novak.
Novak went on to explain that the Maxicom system will give tools to the City’s water irrigators who determine how much water to apply to the City’s over 2,000 acres of irrigated landscape.
There are weather stations located strategically throughout the City as these parks are now linked to Maxicom upload each day’s weather data, incorporating the information into a software program, and sending the information via internet link to each project site.
The site then waters that night based on the schedule and weather data, only applying what water was lost since the last irrigation period. To do the same thing manually, irrigators would have to visit each site each day and change the amount of watering time, which is an impossible task with over 280 parks now in the City.
“Moving to smart irrigation systems is a big and important step for improving conservation at our parks, and we were very pleased to partner with the city on this important project,” said Conservation Manager of El Paso Anai Padilla.
“Irrigation and outdoor watering contribute to a doubling of El Paso’s water demand in summertime. For drought resilience and our long-term water sustainability, improving water efficient irrigation is essential for homes, businesses, schools and parks.”
The City intends to add more parks to the Maxicom system with the overall goal to save water, a precious resource in the desert.