In today’s economic environment, seasoned park maintenance managers, supervisors and technicians are keenly aware of the need for a strong, proactive preventive maintenance (PM) program. PM programs are in place to ensure that our hard-fought-for park facilities, infrastructure and grounds are properly monitored, maintained and operational to support our mission of providing first-class recreational opportunities to the public.
The Town of Danville attempts to better manage your water consumption by ensuring the obvious steps are taken:
- Monitor basic water use (review water bill)
- Confirm irrigation controls are programmed properly and a rain sensor is utilized
- Landscape with native plants that require less water
- Install low-flow aerators in our park bathroom faucets and toilets
- Implement green cleaning initiatives
New Irrigation System Increases Water Conservation
In 2019, the Town of Danville chose to trial a new cutting-edge irrigation system in an effort to further reduce water consumption at area parks and green spaces. The test period went well, and after seeing the potential of the new system, the equipment has been installed at several additional sites.
The new irrigation system uses underground sensors that report the moisture content of the soil in real-time to a cloud-based program. The program then determines the optimal water run times based on the moisture content – reducing run times for areas that are sufficiently wet or watering for longer in zones that are too dry. By using sensors for every water valve, the system gives the landscaping the exact amount of water needed for that specific area This reduces water waste, saves staff time, and keeps the landscaping in optimal condition.