Soil moisture data logging case study

Mazenod College, located in the beautiful natural bushland of Lesmurdie, significantly reduced irrigation water use on their sports oval through soil moisture data logging.

806,000

litres saved

1,782

saved

60

irrigation days

Why we acted

 

As the school grew, so did our water use and with water bills increasing every year and limited access to ground water, we needed to know if we could be more efficient. Our ovals must to be in top condition for all of the sport played at the school. Monitoring soil moisture allowed us to reduce watering with confidence that the turf quality would not be compromised.

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How we did it

Our school was selected to participate in Water Corporation's irrigation efficiency trial using soil moisture data loggers. We used the data daily to check oval watering requirements and modify the irrigation schedules to avoid wasting water. We also applied soil improver to our ovals.

We also installed water efficient fixtures in the boarding house and used water meter data to identify wasteful practices.

Specialists

  • Turf consultant

Equipment

  • Water meter data logger
  • Soil moisture data logger

Future plans

  • Investigate soil moisture monitoring equipment
  • Install large rainwater tanks

Who to contact

For more information on water efficiency in your business please email us.

water.efficiency@watercorporation.com.au