Utah State University and Orbit Team Up to Save Water

Utah State University’s Extension Office and Utah-based Orbit Irrigation Products, Inc. have formed a partnership to help reduce the amount of water needed on new turf. Utah State’s Center for Water Efficient Landscaping (CWEL) received a $12,000 gift from Orbit to help more precisely understand water use of turf grasses.

“Orbit’s contribution of underground sprinkler equipment was important because it allows us to precisely irrigate a five acre turf grass plot at our campus in Logan,” says Roger Kjelgren, director of CWEL. “With the underground sprinkler equipment from Orbit and special measurement tools we will be able to measure exactly how much water we are using and to make sure we don’t overwater.”

“The special measurement tools we are using are generally used to study forest and other large ecosystems,” says Kjelgren. “In this case we will be measuring turf, specifically Kentucky Bluegrass, which is a popular variety in Utah. We hope to determine the seasonal variation in water use and water need for Kentucky Bluegrass, and pass on those findings to consumers.”

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