Water, Metered: Smart Irrigation Systems Slash Costs

DeeAnne McClenahan is convinced that water-sensor irrigation is worth the initial investment. But the senior director of procurement and sustainability at Greystar Real Estate Partners has a tough time trying to persuade property owners to invest thousands of dollars on the watering equipment.

When it comes down to it, McClenahan can usually make the case with numbers.

One of the most compelling examples she likes to use is an 830-unit property in Phoenix that saved more than $23,000 in just one watering season. The key to the case is a computerized irrigation system that measures all of the factors that go into keeping plants and grass healthy.

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